The Power of Words in a Twitterific World

Posted: July 22, 2012 in For writers
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Yesterday I blogged about the shootings in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, USA and about our experience living there during an earlier tragedy, the Columbine High School shootings.  I was writing our good friends in Australia about it.  While I personally would be in favor of stricter gun laws, I also know the won’t prevent the shootings that happened on Friday.  People pull the triggers.  We need a shift in consciousness to place a higher value on life.  I believe we become the stories we tell each other. We need new stories, now more than ever before.

The children of today, and I’m including the 24 year old who pulled the trigger on Friday, have grown up in a vastly different world than I did.    I grew up in a world of lone gunmen committing assassinations (John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.), race riots and Vietnam war protests.  It was a time of civil upheaval and civil action in America.  We were inspired by bold ideas (the race for the moon, to go where no one has gone before) and social growth (desegregation), all accompanied by bold and inspiring words (“Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”, “I have a dream…”)

In this day of the hieroglyphics of texting and the ultra-brevity of twitter, do our children even know what it is to be emboldened to action, to think more profound thoughts, to wonder what is happening in the world?  With instant messaging, instant gratification, ADD and faked reality shows, do they take time to envision a better world and their place in it?  Do they still read and understand the power of the words to make us question and challenge ourselves to do more, reach higher?

We are the stories we tell each other.  Our stories define us and the world we are continually creating.  Please take time to sit with the young people around you and listen to their stories.  Hear what is important to them.  Help them find new ways of expression.  Encourage them to think grand thoughts.  The world is waiting for them.

Cherish each other!

  1. Well put. Bravo.I applaud you for for speaking out. For saying what we know to be true. So many have heads buried in twitter, texting and our hurry up world, and “too busy to…question and challenge ourselves to do more, reach higher”.

  2. Amy says:

    Well said. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Too many youngster are not connected with people any more, but computers, online games,….

  3. As I said in my post: “Something Strange is Happening here.”

  4. ansuyo says:

    Amen to that!!! Angie

  5. jelillie says:

    Loved this Chris! May we teach our children well!

  6. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I read somewhere that after the shootings, the gun sales went up around the area. Clearly people are not thinking straight. The reason the police do not carry arms as a matter of course in britain is because it will encourage more carrying by criminals. Someone needs to stand up and make licensing only for hunters/farmers etc not just everyday people who live in towns and cities, some who will carry out of fear, ignorance and to gain power over others

  7. jelillie says:

    Really good Chris! Our children will only realize the depth of their stories if there is a generation willing to listen and value them!

  8. Kate Kresse says:

    Chris—well said. Shine the light of truth on it all. Between your mystery writing, which I love, and your poignant truths, you deserve the Sunshine Award.

  9. prozhizn says:

    Thank you Chris! Your blog makes people feel and think…

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