Monday 17 October 2016
Words crafted with logic and delivered with emotion have throughout history, by their authority, often changed the course of history. In my library I have two books of great speeches. The first is called ”Great Speeches”- words that shaped the world. The second is titled ”Great Australian Speeches”.
They contain the transcripts of many memorable speeches. Speeches by Churchill, John and Robert Kennedy, Obama, Trudeau, Rudd, Keating and the list goes on and on.
Reading them inspires, motivates and reminds us that causes, apologies, confessions, explanations, protests and actions generally start with words.
However, it is in the naked deliverance of words where they have the most impact. When we see and hear the passion of words. Words delivered by people with sincerity and potency. Words that capture an audience. That stir the hearts of an audience. Like Martin Luther Kings ”I have a dream” or Kevin Rudd’s ”Apology” Speeches.
With this in mind I was captivated last week with the anti-sexism speech by Michelle Obama. Here it is:
And so she laid bare her indignation. As a women she was affronted by the possibility that trump could be the next president. Her feelings of moral outrage transcend an election campaign and become a protest against the misogynist sexism of our time.
My thought for the day.
”It is a pity that the written word cannot convey the tone of the spoken one. It has to rely on the skill of the writer”.
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