We need to treat our language as if our spoken words were words written in our biographies, published and sold to millions as the only remaining memory of ourselves long after we are gone.
“Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”— Cesar Chavez
I think it is important to listen to the advice of great people, and to listen carefully.
Why was Cesar Chavez—the Mexican American rights activist—a great man? Ultimately, it comes down to his character. He had the strength of character to stand up against injustice and to firmly know what he believed to be right in the face of those who vehemently didn’t agree.
What was Cesar Chavez’ greatest tool in this protest? What was the tool that his strength of character leveraged to influence others so monumentally? His voice, his language.
In this quote, Cesar Chavez is telling us exactly how he used language in this way, saying that he views it as a reflection of himself.
This is why we should respect the potential of language and treat it with respect. We need to treat our language as if our spoken words were words written in our biographies, published and sold to millions as the only remaining memory of ourselves long after we are gone.
We all need to learn to read and to listen, because if we can fully listen to others we can actually listen to ourselves. We need to learn to write and to think, because writing is how we figure out what we believe—writing is crystalized thought. Then, we can finally learn to speak in language that reflects who we truly are and what we truly believe.