Words do matter

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  1. midcan5
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    midcan5 liberal / progressive

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    One of the genuinely good people of our time, Jeffrey Sachs was on cspan yesterday. He spoke of the various issues that face us today and the tools and means that can help. He also mentioned a topic that we hear often, 'but they are just words.' Well sometimes, (actually, I think all the time), words do matter and words do move us forward as a people and as a nation and as a world. A great example below.


    "I am taking this opportunity, therefore, to announce two important decisions in this regard.

    First: Chairman khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan, and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history--but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind."


    From speech - just words?

    "I have, therefore, chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived--yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace.

    What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children--not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women--not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

    I speak of peace because of the new face of war. Total war makes no sense in an age when great powers can maintain large and relatively invulnerable nuclear forces and refuse to surrender without resort to those forces. It makes no sense in an age when a single nuclear weapon contains almost ten times the explosive force delivered by all the allied air forces in the Second World War. It makes no sense in an age when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to the far corners of the globe and to generations yet unborn.

    Today the expenditure of billions of dollars every year on weapons acquired for the purpose of making sure we never need to use them is essential to keeping the peace. But surely the acquisition of such idle stockpiles--which can only destroy and never create--is not the only, much less the most efficient, means of assuring peace.

    I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war--and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task."


    "The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war." JFK


    http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historica...es/JFK/003POF03AmericanUniversity06101963.htm

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    Anguille Bane of the Urbane

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    Very nice!
    Words do indeed matter. If they didn't would any of us bother to post on a message board?
     

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