WORDS BRING ADDED AWARENESS, JUDGMENTS, LOSS OF INNOCENCEI was using tweets on Twitter to try and express two different opinions i have about words, but i was confusing the two, not being very clear! i realize i needto clarify here in an essayMy opinions about words are as follows: I have a love/hate relationship with them. I love words, i need to communicate, i adore writing and reading, especially, yet i know how awful it can be to choose the wrong words, to be unable to fully or intelligently express, and to be labeled for how you talk, what you sayLet me start with my beliefs about innocence: if you notice, the truly innocentbeings have no words with which to communicate. Babies, and animals. Parrotsare the only animals who can speak, still because of the nature of their learning and the sparse use of the language - yes, even in Alex! - there is nothing truly lost in their original state. People think if animals could speak like us that would be awesome. It would be interesting and fun, of course it would! YETI BELIEVE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT OR CANNOT TALK LIKE US THEY HAVE AN INNOCENCE THATSUSTAINS THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR EXISTENCE.The same with babies. the purity is obvious, the sweetness, even when they areat their worst. People might say, yes, but they are small, cute, helpless, that's why. Of course this is true. the other factor they have in common with theanimals is lack of verbalization, like adults have.If you notice, once children start to learn words, the more they know how to say, the worse it can get! they become more aware, more sophisticated, more like us! more like Mommy and Daddy. which may not be a bad thing, and socialization has to occur. but the original state of innocence is slowly encroached upon, tillit is lost.i strongly believe that lack of words, lack of speech, is one of the states of grace which are given throughout life to animals and only temporarily to humans,as we do need to communicate in more ways than one.for my second part: silence contains multitudes of possibilities. you can say,well speech does too. Words do too. But once certain words are chosen, the possibilities end. they are pared down. limited. as necessity dictateswords open up our world, as i wrote on Twitter. they allow us to say so much, tochange so much. yet they have another side. they limit. they limit and defineus. they open us up to judgements by others.silence can be thought of as dull or empty, but actually sometimes it seems to hold secrets we cannot understand. it seems to tantalize, to ask us to find outmore. silence makes people seem mysterious or even wise. because we do not know. they have not shown us anything else. once they speak, the mystery is revealed or gone. the wisdom is revealed or it is shown that there is no wisdom thereinonce you speak, it is liberating for you and others. you share what is inside,you express, you encourage, enlighten, provoke, and move emotions. Yet you alsoliberate the chance for people to judge you for what you said, how you said it,to remove the ideas, the insights, the qualities, people thought you had, or that you yourself would have liked to express but did not.This is not a fatal condition of life! nor should it be. it is necessary, we need to speak, we need to use words and use them well. Judgements be damned. Yetthese are things I have noticed as I go along my way in life.