Words can have great impact for good or evil but it often depends on who utters them and why, but the great thing is we ALL have the potential and ability to use them to make a big difference in our lives, the lives of others and even the world. Even the lowly pauper can rival the wealthy King, at the right place and the right time even though in today’s controlled media it is becoming ever harder. But one never knows and certainly can not give up trying.
We think of great speeches as examples of the power of words like the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln, thought by many to be one of the greatest speeches EVER. But the REAL Gettysburg address was NOT given by Lincoln at all. It was given by someone whom none of us recognize and whose words were quickly forgotten. If you want, you can look it up but such is the nature of most speeches given.
Contrast that with the famous speech of President Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” Those words were originally uttered by Khalil Gibron in 1925 in an article he wrote called “The New Frontier” They were NOT Kennedy’s words nor did he give proper credit for them.
So the point is that the average person can be a great orator or writer–some are born with the gift but THEIR words will seldom have the same impact as it someone famous uttered the same words because no one will likely read them. But that does not mean we should write them. The mere act of writing them often serves a useful function to the person writing them. But when it comes to sharing our words with the world, all I can say is: Thank God for the internet-a source never before available to someone who wanted others to read their words.
But the point is, for words to have value, they must be true and original and come from the heart or they are severely diminished. We can not base our fame and indeed our life on the words and deeds of another if we are to be taken seriously and have any credibility at all. As Shakespeare said: “To thine own self be true and it will follow as the night and day, they canst be false to any man”
Words can be used to uncover the truth, but they can also be used to keep it hidden. Words help us to see things we have not seen before or hide things we don’t want to see or others to see. The words themselves are neutral and unbiased but those who speak them usually are not. Words have power and that power is enhanced by those who speak them for good or evil. Again, the lowly pauper can be equal to the richest King, properly using the power of words or they can create the greatest evil such as Adolf Hitler did. They do not have to be intended for the world. Sage advice directed to one person can change the course of that person’s life forever. It does not always have to come from a learned person. It just may be a case of perfect timing. Words that person needed to hear right at that moment.
Finally, I conclude with what has always been the purpose of this blog–to relay what I say here in some way to the legal profession in general and expert witnesses in particular. Lawyers are masters of “argument” and all you need do is listen to the closing arguments of two skillful lawyers arguing the same set of facts and what they mean to a jury. You can understand why, the real truth is often so difficult to find because it is usually osmewhere in the middle
As for me, I would hope that the words of an experienced expert with over 40 years experience, government training,which many regard as superior and an impeccable reputation as evidenced by great praise from experienced judges and lawyers, would have more value than experts who enhance their resume’s, hide favorable evidence to the other side, deliberately issued false reports, been found by the court to be ‘an advocated in expert’s clothing or found by a half a dozen courts to be not credible. This information is readily available on the net with a brief search.
Yes, just as above, a credible expert’s words can uncover the truth or be used to hide it. They, as we, all have the choice to pursue the truth or ignore it. The question is, whose pockets get lined, the expert’s or the client’s? I am glad I chose the path of truth and honesty, even though it may leave me a little poorer in money, it leaves me rich in good feelings and praise from those who matter
ROBERT J. PHILLIPS