Probably the most powerful tool man could ever had. The most lethal weapon any creature could build. The most potent explosive, this world could ever see. The word can build cities, take away life, get one a cup of coffee, move mountains and even bring forth the coming of a god. It is the word that brought everything that could be into being and it is also the word that would eventually bring everything that is back into nothing.
The power of the word is limitless, but often taken for granted. We never realize it, but our words reach vast expanses that we will never see for ourselves. The words that we speak, stretch a million times farther than our arms could reach, travel a gazillion times faster than the speed of light and can infect any ear that would have it. But in all its power, the word is nothing unless it is comprehended. Ideas remain ideas, floating indifferently, until there are a set of ears that would make room for it, not simply to be heard but more so to be understood. The meeting of words and comprehension resembles the meeting of the sperm and the egg, from which is born a child – the miracle of life.
The word, when understood, has the power to compel action. It can achieve great things that could either benefit or destroy the world we live in today. It is in the bearer of the word, and those that would yield it, that the choice lies.
In the world’s history, the most violent stories were born from the seeds of simple ideas. The Nazis for example, believed in the supremacy of the Arian race and this idea grew so rapidly and so violently, like a malignant cancer that claimed so many lives. But an idea, for it to grow has to be planted on fertile soil. What more fertile a soil could we have than the fuhrer himself? The fuhrer was the Grant Mazzy of Nazi Germany, whose passion and exceptional oration was able to infect millions of his countrymen. The utter demise of their character came at the resounding, booming voice of their leader, whose ideas made so much sense that they were gripped in resignation. They became slaves to the ideas of their leader and it was in their understanding that they were moved into action. They killed in cold blood because they believed that it was the patriotic thing to do. For them, the mass murder of the Jews is a glorification to their german heritage.
The BBC news anchor was accurate in asking Grant about the apparent insurgency going on in the town, because quite frankly, they were resembling an insurgent group. These groups are born from the seeds of a charismatic leader (Grant), whose ideas are so eloquently presented that the logic becomes infallible. This infallibility paves the way for understanding and eventual acceptance of the message. Afterwards, the people begin to move into action based on these ideas. But after a while, it is only the original source himself who still truly understands his message. The people just become zombies who keep repeating words and phrases that once made sense but now they no longer understand. And in the end, they become slaves to the ideas of their leader. Slaves that cannot do much rather than to resign themselves. Now, the only way for them to be free is to disillusion themselves from the ideas. To have some sort of abjection with the ideas of their leader. To realize that perhaps not all that he is saying makes sense. And it is here, in this realization that freedom is found. Their abjection is the element that pushes for their salvation.
In the movie Inception, Dom Cobb puts it very eloquently when he said: “What is the most resilient parasite? An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood. That sticks, right in there somewhere.”