Words and Action

Talk is cheap. That speaks to the economic idea of supply and demand. Anything in vast supply with small demand will be cheap.

Hollow words are especially useless. Words not consistent with actions are confusing for the observant and lead the unobservant on a wrong path.

Words inconsistent with behaviour cause mistrust. Mistrust eventually leads to cynicism and cynicism is very difficult to move away from.

On cynicism

Be cautious lest you lead others to cynicism. Be yourself skeptical and a critical thinker. Try to see the germ of reality in everything spoken. Recognize the misleading shell. If nothing else, it will allow you to build better arguments.

Hollywood speaks to social ideas

Yet their words and actions mismatch.

  1. Anti-gun but many action movies
  2. Socialist agenda yet live in mansions and drive fancy cars.
  3. Against walls, but live in gated communities or behind mansion walls and security gates.
  4. Climate change activists but travel about in private jets
  5. Personal virtue but divorce and dysfunctional children are common

Consider what politicians say and do.

Words for the purpose of virtue signalling have negative value.

Action speaks louder than words

You can lie with words, but most action is honest. Every father has told every daughter that the way a man treats a waiter is instructive of his ability to deal with others. Narcissists and psychopaths are readily identifiable.

Actions tell the truth. if someone tells you who they are by their actions, believe them.

“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” James Baldwin

Understand hypocrisy – “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform”

Understand the agenda

Everything devolves to meaning. If the words and action are different, the meaning usually is the words lie. You can dismiss the thought and doubt the value of the person in future. Understanding meaning, and acting on what you observe, is a strong move.

Glenn Reynolds on climate change

The thought could be reworded to deal with any priority

“I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who claim it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”

‘Nuf said


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