Words don’t Matter

May 30, 2021 Cognitive Insights, Sociocultural Issues No Comments

Words are things. If not imbued with life, they are like water that flows to the sea on an eternally lifeless planet.

Concepts matter.

Emotions matter.

Depth matters.

Beauty matters.

Culture matters.

People matter.

Life matters.

Words don’t matter.

They’re just letters, one after the other. All the above matters within words ― not the words themselves.

Even more, within the list above, nothing matters if not for people. I mean with this especially total-persons.

More broadly, life starts when something starts to matter.


Some words bring people-demeaning associations. Such words may better be avoided, but only and explicitly because of the associations.

This should be brought to bear as friendly as possible.

At present, in the US and Europe, people get ‘canceled’ for their use of words and could-be maybe possible associations. Is there anything more contradictory?

Being vulnerable is not a worthy goal, especially not an aggressive kind of lashing-out vulnerability. [see: “Daring to Be Vulnerable”]

Just words

If words matter to someone just for the words themselves, chances are this person is incarcerated within the words ― as the words of some book, for instance. Smells like mere-ego, the opposite of spirituality.

There is logic in the fact that some people of the mere-ego kind are specifically bent on hijacking what they are most opposed to ― as in the stony bottom of fundamentalism.

‘God’ is just a word. There is no guaranteed spirituality in this. Fortunately, there may be spirituality almost everywhere.

Including in words that are alive with people.

The words themselves don’t matter.


In the preceding, both extremes of some right-left spectrum tend to be entangled in words at the cost of a focus on people, even though both can be ambiguous in this.

Might the continuum be somehow more like a circle?

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

About Dukkha (Suffering)

Central to Buddhism, from early on – and even somewhat earlier – is that dukkha (suffering, stress, fundamental unsatisfactoriness, dis-ease) exists and can be alleviated. Buddha showed a way to do so; I show two. The flower bud You find this metaphor as the first one in my e-book nr. 2, a collection of 12 primary Read the full article…

What is ‘Depth’?

An AURELIS coach always reaches for depth in his coaching. There is an ongoing commitment to depth. Superficial – deep We talk about ‘superficial’ versus ‘deep’ attention, or ‘superficial’ versus ‘deep’ meaning, or ‘superficial’ versus ‘deep’ emotions. And of course: in the syllabus, you continually encounter the term ‘the deeper self.’ So what is depth? That Read the full article…

Always Responsible, Never Guilty

The difference between guilt and responsibility is very important, yet frequently it’s barely acknowledged. You are guilty when having committed a crime. What is denoted as a crime may vary. Sometimes homosexuality is seen as an awful crime. At another time and place, it’s normal behavior. Crime does not exist without cultural definition. A set Read the full article…

Translate »