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Thursday, April 13, 2006

say what?

Should anything be said when there's nothing left to say? Usually someone will come up with an additional something that, suffice it to say, shouldn't have been said. That in turn provokes a response that also need not be said.

These unnecessary responses are caused by a lack of agreement on whether or not the speaking should cease. If the condition of silence is asked for unilaterally - as opposed to bilaterally or multilaterally, depending on the number of speakers involved - then it would depend on the amount of respect (or fear) the askee has for the asker as to whether or not verbal expression desisted.

Once the present speaking stops, the past words must be attended to, but something, once said, cannot be unsaid, even though this has been tried, but the more said trying to unsay something, the more things are said that need not be said, shouldn't be said and also can't be unsaid.

Being unable to turn back time, the best we can do is to say something to make up for or apologize for what should not have been said to start with. Even in this we must be careful to say the things that should be said in lieu of what shouldn't be said. But at a time like that it's hard to know what to say.

Sometimes if nothing is said, the lack of words speaks volumes, and can be misinterpreted. Just the raising of an eyebrow or other subtle body language can communicate much. One can only imagine a sermon given by eye and body language, that would be quite a workout for the clergy, I'm sure. What if Ole Abe had given the Gettysburg address in body language only - they would have thought he had flipped out.

Speaking of politicians - what if they were required to list the ingredients contained in each speech? For all too many of them it would read something like this: This speech contains: Hogwash - 20% Malarky - 20% Hot air - 20% Bunkum - 20% Baloney - 20% Tripe - 20% Claptrap - 20% Unmitigated gall - 20% Artificial color and flavor - just enough Truth - one grain. I realize this comes out to more than 100%, but this is in concentrated form, just dilute it with more hogwash. ec


Blogger Peter said...

And so say all of us, he said.
Happy Easter

4/14/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Happy Easter Mr. Eddie.

4/14/2006 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger country-gospel-singer said...

Too funny! How were you able to keep track of what you were saying?? The ending is very true! Have a Happy Easter. Blessings, Janie Marie

4/14/2006 02:21:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Man, you do have a way with words!!
I'll echo your friends, "Happy Easter."

See you, Betty G

4/14/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

Wouldn't it be great if we truly understood the power of words; fewness of words and abundance of 'good deeds' is best. Even the best words, said at the wrong time, can be miss-used.

Well-said, MrEddie, and have a great Easter weekend.

4/14/2006 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

peter - You don't say! :) May your Easter be happy as well.

granny - May your Easter be blessed also.

CGS - Thanks for your blessing and may you have a happy Easter too.

boopchile - Words are my friends and entertainment. :) Happy Easter!

bonita - I agree - few words, many good deeds. Happy Easter. ec

4/14/2006 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger B.J.W. said...

You did it again, so much double talk and speaking with forked tounge, could that be why Jesus spoke about the tounge? I enjoyed this post, Betty W.

4/14/2006 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bjw - Thanks, hope you have a happy Easter. ec

4/14/2006 09:57:00 PM  

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