Agents of Hope

December 24, 2014 3:28 PM

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"Talk is cheap." "Actions speak louder than words." These idioms and many like them originated with good intentions but they've been transformed in a culture that has devaluated the precious potential of great language to empower and transform people into attacks on the power of language itself. Even the word "rhetoric" has come to acquire negative connotations.

Talk can be empty but it can also, in the right hands, prevent nations from marching to war, resolve family fights, enable men and women in parliaments, congresses and senates throughout the world to work together despite the minutia of political divides. Words can be mute but they can also, in the ...

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