Sunday, December 5, 2010

Do actions speak louder than words?


Actions may speak louder than words, but words speak STRONGER than actions.

A wise man once told me, that whoever is in an altercation, and the other person speaks louder than you do, you have won the fight. Once a person begins to yell, he has lost his mind, and his intelligence.

Does loudness matter? I understand it's an idiom, but let's think of the statement LITERALLY. Does loudness win a fight? Are fights determined by whoever is the loudest? No. Just like people say, "I'm so tired, it's not even funny", when was it funny in the first place? When people tell you that actions speak louder than words, ask them, "When does loudness determine a winner in a fight?"

It's true. The quietest one is the winner, because he isn't tense, and in the end, he always gets it his way. This is because knowledge talks. But wisdom? Wisdom listens.

The strength of ones words aren't dependent on sound, but dependent on three things:

Vocabulary
Wisdom
Self-Confidence

The one who punches, is the one who gives up. The one who uses vocabulary, proves a point. Our society, our youth needs to understand this fact. It isn't only about ending violence - we've heard that too much. It's about something bigger. It's about being wise, and intelligent. If we fought with words and wisdom, we will be helping one another, and coming to a solution.

What does punching someone in the face prove? What does "jumping" someone prove? 

The answer is not because: "Actions speak louder than words".

There is no answer, because it doesn't prove ANYTHING. Words prove solutions. 

You might be asking, "What about good actions?". Good actions ARE WORDS. Think about it. Everything relies on WORDS. Actually, EVERYTHING IS A WORD! 

Understand, understand, understand. Words.

-That's the TFAT.


7 comments:

  1. Although I can appreciate your argument, I can't say I completely agree with you. Yes it's true that in the context of a fight, words are much more effective than "action", however I feel that you're missing the jist of the phrase "Actions speak louder than words." I don't think it's very useful to get caught up with the word "louder" because the phrase isn't referring to "louder" in the sense of volume. Rather the word "louder" can be replaced with "more effectively." What the saying means is that rather than just speaking about something, such as bringing about change (like many ppl do), it is better that we set an example through our own actions and behaviours and work towards that change. It's better to do something and stay silent about it than to talk about something and do nothing. We shouldn't get too caught up with the words used in the phrase, but rather we should focus more on the message behind it, and that's where I feel you went wrong. Nevertheless, nice post and very insightful article especially considering your age.. Keep at it, I see a lot of potential!

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  2. Hey Spliff,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I had a chance to view your YouTube channel and was impressed by your overall rhetoric skills.

    You caught me there. I did only explain in the context of a fight, and that was my fault.

    However, there was a reason I explained ONLY the wrong- to prove why plugging this saying into that context of a fight, IS wrong. That might be confusing.

    That's why, I should have ALSO showed the right way of perceiving the quote, which you have done for me. You said something very beautiful there:

    "It's better to do something and stay silent about it than to talk about something and do nothing."

    That sums it all up, because it's true. The reason I explained it so LITERALLY, is because that's the way most people perceive it. And it's the wrong way.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to view my blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading the article.

    -Aadil.

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  3. I think actions speak louder than words. I always have and always will.

    Actions do NOT speak louder literally. It is NOT meant to be literal. It is meant to prove a point.

    For example,

    My father was not in my life much when I was younger and now he is completely not in it. When he was in it he was not a very good dad. His ACTIONS told me who he really was. He SAID "I love you" all the time, but then he'd go and mistreat my mom and not take care of me when I was under his care. His WORDS meant NOTHING at all. If I only took his words under consideration I would love him no matter what he did to me. And that is NOT right.

    Also, ACTIONS don't have to be violent. And not ALL actions are words. If my father treated my mother right and got me home on time and fed me when he was supposed to he would be OK in my book. NONE of the ACTIONS involve words. They are pure ACTIONS.

    And you say that most people perceive that saying LITERALLY. I don't and I never have. I have always thought it is philosophical. Not literal. If it was literal it wouldn't make sense. How can ACTIONS speak?

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