Words

Words of the English language.

Words hurt.
Words anger.
Words discourage.
Words heal.
Words delight.
Words inspire.

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human.”

– Aristotle

I’ve often had to learn the hard way that words matter. They are immeasurably powerful, hence this post to begin what will hopefully be a long and meaningful blogging experience. To expose your thoughts and ideas to the world is not always easy for everyone, and although I’ve never been shy about it – the consequences of doing so have made real, lasting impacts on my life and worldview.

Ideas can be dangerous. Living in a liberal democracy, and engaging with the world through a supposedly neutral medium such as the Internet can give one a false sense of security. What could be free expression today can be illicit tomorrow, and vice versa. Language is an organism – living, dying, breathing, changing, and growing. Its use and understanding requires a great deal of responsibility, and a sense of purpose.

The responsibility that comes with writing is something that I’m learning to take very seriously. I expect from myself quality, and well thought-out ideas governed by a set of principles and convictions. The responsibility to understand them lies with you, the reader. I never expect anyone to fully agree with my viewpoints and I’ll never claim to have a monopoly on the truth or knowledge. At the end of the day, I really know nothing. All knowledge is with the All-Knowing. Nonetheless, I will use this as a forum to express my perspectives and try my best to explain them as thoroughly as possible – not to preach but to exchange ideas and understandings with others – in hopes that we all will benefit from the dialogue they may create.

With each word I post on this blog, I will attempt to take a snapshot of my mind, my experiences, and my life at a certain point in time and space. The mind, like the body, and like the cosmos is hardly a static thing. All things are constantly changing, and my hope is that one day some time from now you and I will be able to look back at these words and see how they (and I) have grown, changed, and (hopefully) improved. To create a thought is not a difficult task, but the challenge is in seeing it blossom into something more.

“Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.”

– Arabic Proverb

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5 thoughts on “Words

  1. Salam,

    Been following your blog since the beginning…I love your style of writing, it’s very rich but insightful at the same time, Mashallah.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts :)

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