How Language Dictates Our Life
The power of how language dictates our life is one that is relatable in our day to day being. Since we can remember language has been evolving, from laborious amounts of time spent depicting the slang of Shakespeare, to a more casual and modern translation of slang for the elder population.
The words which we use, make up the dialogue, that creates the scripts of our lives. And these scripts create the character, we use to hide behind on the stage we call life. Who we call our ‘friends’ is determined by the use of our language, the tone at which we speak, the meaning in what we say. The recipe of words, used to cook up the perfect love potion for our loved ones, determines the fairytale story in our lives.
Language dictates our life in many ways. One of many ways that interested me, was the way it had an impact on what we end up doing for the majority of our lives. Our careers. Whether we become a salesman or a journalist, the language that we use plays a big part.
It seems as if though language has evolved into it’s next stage and has diverged onto a different path. The main two words now days, that are commonly used to create someones future are: WANT and NEED.
Where does this obsession of want come from? This materialistic infatuation of wanting more, spreads like a wildfire throughout society.
The need to want, must stem from our external environment which feeds us information constantly. Resulting in a sensation where we feel bloated yet possess a hunger for more. Information at our fingertips has not settled the sensation of wanting. The seamlessly endless cycle cannot be fulfilled. And will not be fulfilled until we are feeding ourselves the correct information to put the starvation to rest.
/niːd/ Verb. An obligation to fill a void where something lacks.
The term in recent years is thrown about without care. The use of such a word, especially when overused, degrades it’s identity. In social context when people talk about ‘the need to fit in’ or ‘the need to have new clothes’, when in reality their closets, bulging as if though the clothes are tying to breakout for freedom, are overfilled and barely used.
When we shift our language from want to need, our awareness degrades along with the word. We are living in an age where people think they need something, because they have no recollection of the word need. They no longer remember a time before needing meant wanting, where a career path was chosen purely based on passion and not in order to obtain items which fill a void where something lacks. A void created by the media and a society that dictates, more ‘things’ means more happiness.
What is it that we really need? And what is it that we really want?