Words have power.
Now that we are few months into the K.I.N blog. I realise, even more so, the power that words can have. I have had many reactions to the blogs I write. Not all of them positive, but that’s because I tend to write provoking pieces. People react.
I wrote a micro-poem awhile back,
have an energy
creates a force
of a poem
I wrote this as a response to the reactions of tears, laughter, joy, confusion and sometimes bewilderment, that some of my poems have on people. Words have power. People react.
It can be quite an unsettling thing to realise that you have an actual superpower through words to create reactions in people. Wordsmiths and the masters of words, can, if they want, create intense intellectual, emotional and spiritual reactions in people. That can be a scary thing to be the caretaker of. This puts us, as indigenous researchers and writers in positions of incredible power. We know how to wield the magical potency of words and are privileged with many platforms to voice them, and so we have a responsibility to use our words wisely.
The main point I wish to make here, is to be conscious and careful, as indigenous researchers about what we open up in people. Once you understand this power of reaction, it can be easy to use words to manipulate reactions in people that serve yourself. A lot of our indigenous communities are vulnerable, sensitive and insecure. Inciting anger and fear is an easy emotion to evoke. I see a lot of our indigenous leadership is based on inciting ‘anger’ to gain a following. I also see the theme of ‘unfairness’ as a means of gaining reactions from people. I’m not always convinced that all our problems need the energy of anger to solve them or by constantly feeding our people that life is unfair.
On the flipside, what if you pen words that create no reaction, no emotion and no intellectual movement at all? What if you have a voice that no-one wants to listen too? Maybe that is an even scarier proposition. But that is another blog.
Words have power. People react. We have a responsibility. So, I leave you with the words of Peter Parker, aka, Spiderman to sum this up…..
“with great power, comes great responsibility”