Why? It’s always a good question to ask when you’re trying to understand something. Why do words matter? Why are they worthy of love, thought and respect?
As a member of 26 I was asked to provide my answer, which is now included along with the thoughts, wisdom and humour of other 26 writers in ‘The Book of Because.’ Here’s my contribution:
Because words connect.
Because words conduct business.
Words on stone tablets saying “Pay this
soldier a pig and four sacks of grain”.
Words that fly through the ether to appear
on a screen.
Words link to our past and shape our future.
Because words can be as sharp as a blow or
as near as a whisper.
Words are a gift our bright blue planet
bestows on only one species.
Because, above all, words are human.