“Words have meaning, communication has consequences.”

Although I utter this sentence often it and its sentiment are not mine. It is easy to trace the idea that words mean throughout time. The meaning of words is addressed in the writings of Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the dialogues of Ancient Times (e.g., Greece, Rome, the Sophists) to name but a few.

Professor, historian, and political philosopher Richard M. Weaver discussed the power of ideas in his aptly titled Ideas Have Consequences. These two concepts together, suggest that we should choose our words carefully and consider the potential outcomes of those words. What we say and write, matters!