Just tweeted that What we Say IS who we are. This is a fact. We can’t hide our real selves when we’re speaking. We literally manifest our inner thoughts through our words and actions. Our tone reveals our inner state, showing our level of anger, apathy or compassion.
So this idea that we “slip up” or “chose the wrong phrase” is just an excuse. As a writer, I may be better at word choice than some, but we can tell a child’s intention by how they speak. It’s not about vocabulary or intelligence, it’s how we present and convey our true selves. Our state of consciousness cannot be hidden for long once we “open our pie hole” (as Planter’s Mr. Peanut reminds us on the current TV ad.)
It’s obvious if we are hostile or caring, whether we embrace diversity or rail against it. Our facial expression and mannerisms are particularly telling, but tweets are also very revealing. In 140 characters we can tell who is a compassionate, thoughtful advocate for others versus who is mean, self-centered and untrustworthy. For those who can’t discern this, well they need our compassion not more hateful rhetoric. BTW, here’s the definition of rhetoric: “language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.”
So don’t be fooled by stage theatrics, sales tricks or outright lies — trust your own ability to discern the person behind the words.
(Next post I’ll elaborate on ways to look at our consciousness and internal thoughts, for those like me who would like to improve our state of mind.)