Why Are Words Important?

Words create ideas and stories.

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Clemantine Wamariya, storytelling and human rights activist, explains why words are so critical.

“Words have their limits, but words are important,” she says. “When words are put into a sentence, then they form an idea. An idea matters, because an idea grows and then into a thought.”

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I grew up [with] many, many languages and so, and I also grew up having to learn many languages. And so, by the time I arrived in the United States, English was my sixth language. And so, I was able to think from so many languages by the time I got to the words in English. Words have their limits, but words are important. But when words are put into a sentence, then they form an idea. An idea matters, because an idea grows and then into a thought, right? It's the place of thought that many of us don't get a chance to spend in, unless you are in academia. It's a birthright for every human to be able to gather their words into some form of mechanism that leads to an idea. And then that idea to become the thought. Because the thought, the thought, our thought is a world, right? A thought is a world. A thought is a story, that narrative becomes a way of being.

I stay in present as much as I can, and I'm working on staying more in present and speaking in present.
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Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine is a human rights advocate who inspires others through the power and art of storytelling. Born in Rwanda and displaced throughout war-torn countries and various refugee camps, Clemantine received no formal education before ...

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