What’s Your Word Worth? | Dissident Voice

We all do it. We say something, in the moment when said, sincerely, or perhaps just quasi-sincerely. But when what we’ve said demands action on our part, we flounder. Is this a folly of human interpersonal dialogue– a planned or accidental obsolescence of discourse? Or is it that we contract ourselves to our own voluntary intentions, only to be unable to fulfill our end of the agreement when a summons is made? Whether we can sense it or not, words can be very potent instruments of harm and not just the vehicles for salubrious creations like poetry, literature, and even helpful writings on signs (imagine roads without ‘stop’ and ‘yield’ signs).

I’ve told someone many a time that I will do something, or go somewhere, and then not followed through. For the majority of these instances, I experience some form of guilt, the intensity varying. While this guilt is often just fleeting, it still debits enough of my psychic reserve that I can’t dismiss it outright. Granted, following through on what I had intended to do would likely have consumed more (more time, more money, more energy, etc.) than the guilt itself, but I can’t help but think that something in our conscience becomes rancid when we shortchange another, even if for ‘good reason,’ and even if that other, or others, is not particularly aggrieved.

I’ll give you an example of one such occurrence that happened recently. I wanted to view a vehicle to purchase in the city that I’ll be…

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