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distilling feelings into action

"I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be distilled into actions which bring results." - Florence Nightingale:

We all have been told that the pen is mightier than the sword. And although I agree, words in and of themselves cannot change the world.

Yes. We need to express ourselves, and speak out against injustice in every form. Yes. We need to speak up for the oppressed and those unable to speak up for themselves.

But speaking up, speaking out, is not enough. We must come to the place where we distill our feelings into pure action. We need to translate our compassion and need for global justice into the pure eloquence of action. Only then will we achieve the global good we all seek.

words are not enough

One may explain water, but the mouth will not become wet. One may expound fully on the nature of fire, but the mouth will not become hot. — Takuan Soho

Words, no matter how wise or erudite can only represent. That’s why our words, even powerful words, such as love, compassion, and justice will never fully achieve the world we desire by themselves. Powerful words are just that: powerful words.

Powerful words need to be supported by powerful actions.

Love needs to be lived. Compassion needs to be shown. Justice needs to demonstrated.

Only then will the lonely will be comforted, will the hungry be fed and will the oppressed finally be set free.