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Words more powerful than guns


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“’I thought that words and pens were more powerful than guns.’

“’Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons,’ she said in a voice ringing with strength and conviction. ’One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.’”

Between the Lines

These words were spoken by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The young Pakistani was shot in the face for her outspoken efforts to allow girls to get an education. Just a year later, she is back trying to make the world a better place by her actions and her words.

Words more powerful than guns? Interesting piece of wisdom, and this reminds me of more wisdom about “words.”

Read on é

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IRS commercial

“Don’t forget. Whatever you tell the IRS, you can’t take it back.”

Between the Lines:

It’s not only what you tell the Internal Revenue Service that you can’t take back, but this is true for all spoken words. Once words are spoken, you cannot unspeak them!

This applies even more so to the printed word.

You can apologize, you can show your regrets, and you can vow not to let such a mistake happen again. But you cannot unspeak your words. You most certainly cannot “unprint” your words.

So to all those who may have been offended at any time in the past by my words, spoken or printed, I understand.

Words cannot be unprinted.

Just sayin’ é .

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“Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption

“Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former mayor of Detroit, was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption following a series of scandals é .”

Between the Lines

Kilpatrick, once known as the cool, hip-hop mayor, is now in prison, and his city is in shambles. Certainly having corrupt leaders, who spent more than they earned, did not help the impending financial crush of Detroit.

While abandoned car factories and falling-down houses dot the landscape of Detroit, images of post-war Nagasaki and Hiroshima might come to mind. These cities were decimated by atomic bombs in 1945 at the end of World War II.

Today, however, those cities no longer show the effects of radiation, something scientists had predicted would be around for “a thousand years.” The streets are not filled with rubble, but are teeming with thriving industry, including the Mazda and Mitsubishi lines. Another city also practically leveled during World War II was Warsaw, Poland, which is now “very prosperous, successful and modern” wrote a former Warsaw resident.

“People of Poland as well as people of Japan are very hardworking, ambitious people. By contrast, Detroit is the symbol of laziness, lack of education, and lack of ambition.”

When cities wiped out by atomic bombs can blossom, while another city self-destructs, one must ask why, and how did it happen? There must be a lesson here! Is anyone paying attention?

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