The Power of Words
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on 27th January. Each year, the UK based ‘Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’, chooses a theme to help people engage in a new and fresh way. This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Words.’
We know what a huge impact our words have both in the physical and spiritual realm. Our words have power to raise up or tear down; to bless or to curse. Here is the HMD Trust’s take on this year’s theme and an opportunity for us to take stock of the words we use and allow to come across our paths. Let’s make a difference with our words in 2018:
“Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state, can have a huge impact, whether good or bad.
"This year’s theme explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day. Holocaust Memorial Day activities can focus on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on. The words that we see and hear all around us today – in newspapers, online, in conversations – the words that we chose to use, all have an impact upon us and those around us.
“Words have a mighty power, articulating in writing or speech what is otherwise unsaid. They can reflect thoughts, views and attitudes, and can also play an active role in shaping them.
“Words that are used to ill-effect, when seen or heard, can normalise what might otherwise have been considered too extreme. Harsh words, or words that feed negative stereotypes, can fuel tensions, increase vulnerability and even incite violence.
“We cannot be complacent today. We see media headlines, listen to politicians talk and have a responsibility to read and listen critically. The words we read and hear have power and can shape our views; how careful are we with the words we ourselves use? Social media enable words to travel faster and further than ever before; they can be powerfully used to unite people to achieve positive goals but can also be used to whip up prejudice, to intimidate and harass people.”
It was hatred and propaganda that lead to the slaughter of millions of Jewish people and others in the Holocaust. Anti-Semitic attacks hit a record high in the UK last year and synagogues are having to hire security on their doors. Other countries are also reporting a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism.
USE YOUR WORDS WISELY THIS YEAR. PROCLAIM BLESSING, SPEAK AGAINST PREJUDICE - BE A PEACE MAKER.
Visit HMD Trust’s website for resources and info about activities: www.hmd.org.uk
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