Read the following words:
– A creamy chocolate cake
– A yellow raincoat
– A bright red telephone booth
It is fascinating how words can simulate entire objects in our mind’s eye. The more specific the descriptions, the more vivid our imagination. It appears that our minds cannot distinguish between the words for objects and the objects themselves.
Telling somebody a word, then, has the same power of showing them an object. Good authors write books without using pictures. The words used by these storytellers are just as powerful. Stephen King argues that words are even more powerful than pictures, because they can make the reader a co-creator in your storytelling by leaving the imagination to them.
Words are incredibly powerful. If I could put plant a picture of a yellow raincoat in your head, I could do the same with ideas or emotions. They are the direct manifestations of the ideas that float around in our unconscious mind, that can manifest either as the optimism of abundance or the cynicism of scarcity.
“All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
We live on the tip of the words we speak. Both to other people, as well as to ourselves. If we wish to to see the world a different way, changing our vocabulary would a good start.