PROMPT: “actions speak louder than words” agree or disagree?
I support the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” Words carry a lot of weight, from what we say to how we say it, but it is through our actions that truly show the sincerity and bring things into being. In many cases, what people say don’t necessarily line up with what they are really doing or planning on doing. It’s easier to understand words than to interpret a person’s actions. However, actions have a greater appeal than words because of the physical element involved in them
For example, it’s easy to talk about our dreams and hopes for future, but it a lot more than energy to take the steps that lead to bringing our dreams to reality. It requires a lot of hard work and determination. If all we ever do is talk about it, we begin to lose faith in ourselves because nothing really changes. When a student says that they’ll end up going to an Ivy League school and become a highly-acclaimed doctor, they can’t just sit there and wait for it to happen. In order to meet up with what they said, they have to actually put their words into action and work for it. Things don’t come easy and that student won’t be able to convince themselves or others until they’ve actually accomplished things.
Another example is when a political leader runs for office; they often list a plethora of things they promise or plan on doing. They say that they’ll help the poorest members of society, cease the tension in the Middle East, help gain easier entrance to colleges and universities, and much more. Of course their promises sound great, but actions show the reality. Words are easy to roll of the tongue, they’re easy to calculate, and come from the mind. But actions truly reveal the real situation and show you that’s really going on. Political leaders make their promises as a way to gain support and a way to lure the citizen’s attention to them. For all we know, they could be deceiving the citizens just to win an election. We don’t know if what they say is true until they’ve put their words into actions.
Although there are many examples were the phrase is supported, it is somewhat over-exaggerated and an inaccurate cliché. It lowers the important of the power of words and their ability to leave everlasting effects on an individual and even an entire society. Even just a few words can influence an entire generation. The power of language is phenomenal. For example, before the Holocaust actually began, Hitler didn’t gain his followers and supporters through physical acts of violence and persuasion. He used words to overcome an entire nation and killed millions of people with them. He spoke out to crowds and convinced the German people that the Jewish society was a minority and needed to be diminished and destroyed. Hitler didn’t physically force his people to lash out towards the Jewish people and commit homicide, he did it through his power of words. However, even though this example argues against the phrase, the number of examples that do support it, overweight it.
Overall, I think that the saying “actions speak louder than words” is very accurate. Someone can speak a promise to you, but until they actually do something, they’re just words.