Sand castles and words

By Danié Gómez-Ortigoza

January 31, 2021

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Today is the last day of the first month of a new year. It feels different to other years. The structure of what’s to come has been set.

The changes in politics and the  GameStop catastrophe have been reminders that the news, the economy and even the way society operates is just a castle made out of sand: we invented them all, and we can choose to reinvent them at any given moment, just like marriage justice, languages, money and hierarchy.

The same as those scars from the past, on a personal level, that we realize in time that are just the stories that we tell ourselves, because no memory is real, and when modified to a different turning point, become elements of power and strength instead of pain.   

 

That’s why language is so important and the use we give to it is so relevant as well: the words we make ours to interpret everything around us.

That’s the reason that I started writing poetry.

And yet, why are most of the words and expressions we use to define success in American English based on destruction?

Break a leg, kill them with kindness,  screw them, hit the target, killed it, nailed it, kicked ass…

What if we were to modify those expressions? Would the way we look at each other change as well?

Perhaps we could try to start this week using different expressions. Perhaps it’s always little shifts in everyday action that create change.

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