This thought comes at the conclusion of Rebecca Solnit’s essay at Harper’s Magazine this month—
As a writer, I’ve been given more and more space to occupy, and my voice reaches further and further. The only justification I can think of for such disproportionate influence is to use it to advocate for others, to invite in those who have been excluded.
These two thoughts reminded me of a third, seen long ago at Brain Pickings—
Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.