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August 6, 2010

In “Silence is Golden”, I addressed the importance of being selective in one’s words, but explained the rationale primarily from a mystical standpoint. This post is a follow up that targets the issue from a more practically and socially-relevant standpoint, as well as clarifying the significance of one’s speech, particularly in relation to others’ appreciation of ones words.

Eloquence, defined as “powerful and effective language”, is the art of getting a point across with as few words as possible. The reason for this, as first presented in “Silence is Golden”, is that every word that you say carries with it the power of your resolve; as a result, the more words that one uses to convey their point, the less power each word holds, as the resolve is being spread over too many words.

The aphorism “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a powerful testament to the importance of eloquence; here’s why: While the message conveyed by a picture can indeed be expressed with a thousand words, spreading the picture out over so many words would end up diluting the resolve behind the message; this being the case, complex messages are often best conveyed as a single picture, that the magnitude of its resolve might be fully appreciated by those who view it. Another aphorism, “butter spread over too much bread”, presents the image of why it’s important to be eloquent with ones words. If one uses to many words to get the point across, their message will become dry, weak, and unsavory.

So that you might inspire your target audience, its crucially important to you use discretion in your choice of words. That’s what eloquence is about– choice of words– specifically, words that get the point across effectively and powerfully. People are influenced far more by a powerful few words than the incessant droning of an intellectual more concerned with politically-correctness than with get the point across.

In light of this, I will make an honest effort to get my points across with as few words as possible, to ensure that I can truly inspire people, instead of just showing off a rich vocabulary.


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