Posts tagged Writing
Boy From Damascus

Almost everyone knows of the bloodshed in the name of religion and honour in the Middle East, but no one knows or cares to know the names of the children maimed by IEDs on their way to school or the mother shot by a sniper as she shooed her children away from a city she didn’t know anymore or the 21 men in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte that were beheaded for believing in the wrong God.  I’d met many people from a few different Arab countries, namely Egypt and Iraq and Syria, who’d seen these atrocities first hand, like my little friend Marcus. 

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Architects of Words and Life

King Solomon famously declared that the power of life and death is in the tongue.  He went on to explain that a fool’s words pierce like a sword, but a wise man’s words bring healing.  This idea that words carry a spirit heavier than their simple auditory symbol of meaning has always interested me.  If Solomon’s words were true, the meaning that sleeps beneath our words, whether to others or about others, either bring life and healing or a degree of destruction to the world.  The implications of such a belief are drastic.  The idea that you are just a speck in a universe that doesn’t recognize your existence is replaced by a notion of a life with purpose that is capable of helping to build others if you so choose.  I know this to be true, because I’ve experienced it as a writer.

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