We have come across a lot of old phrases throughout our lives but only one of them remained intact deep inside us and it echoes through our morality and ethicality for all our lives. Our actions, the things we do are what define us. Now of course our words define us too but only if it is converted physically.
This is mainly because of the mere fact that humans tend to work in a way to trust their eyes more than their ears; they will undoubtedly believe what they see. And thus to prove ourselves, we have to show them our qualities which is done only through our actions.
The phrase “Actions speak louder than words” was originated vaguely in the 1500’s by the French writer Michel de Montaigne, who quoted ‘saying is one thing and doing is another’
Since then it has been a major influence on the human race as it brings the truth in front of you; the truth of living.
Abraham Lincoln in 1856 wrote “ ‘Actions speak louder than words’ is the maxim; and, if true, the South now distinctly says to the North, Give us the measures, and you take the men.’’
The Philosophical Aspect
Humans have a great advantage over other living beings. We have been gifted with the ability to communicate. We have a faculty of language that is more sophisticated than any other animal. However, when language fails to stimulate a desired response, people often resort to the use of physical behaviour as a more prevailing and influential means of communication.
This concept of disposition towards actions for outcomes is ubiquitous and so easily understood by people. For example, when expressing love, where words are not enough, ‘actions’ like hugging and kissing express more. In societal level, people choose their leaders according to their beliefs of what he/she can do rather than what he/she can speak.
We are all in need of desired outcomes. Human race grows due to desired and successful outcomes which are only won by compulsive and effective actions by intellectuals.
The Immature Approach
The phrase is most violated by teenagers. Today, this world has become rather competitive where everyone wants to look smarter than the other rather than actually being one. Everyone is nowadays boasting and ranting about a lot of things; things they do not understand themselves but for the sake of being flamboyant, they speak more and do less.
Procrastinators and pessimists are the living examples of the violation of this phrase. These people have one thing in common- they talk a lot. Talking a lot leads to overthinking which eventually leads to negativity and thus delaying of the particular task in question.
People keep on thinking of doing stuffs, putting in extra times to research about them but that is all they do. At the end they get exhausted and thus no energy left to actually putting those “stuffs” in practical use.
The Important Question
The question arises that why do people tend to commit the same mistake again and again when they know it is wrong. This is because when people speak of a certain thing; they do not really extract the idea behind it. They just scrape the surface and forget to dig.
So when they actually try to do the said thing, their mind suddenly realizes the physical aspect of it; the labour and the effort that is needed. These are then understood by the individual but by that time the mind is already exhausted because of the sudden realization and it give up before even trying it.
There is another reason as to why doing something is actually harder than speaking. This is mainly because of the fact that it is easy to mirror others’ thinking.
When a person speaks about something to another, the person listening starts to think about the words that are spoken and since he is already thinking about it, the mind gives a false acceptance that those words are his own; which eventually makes that person to talk about it to yet another person and this goes on.
Ostentatiously zestful people have a tendency to speak out their hearts; which is a good thing but not when they do it after achieving something even just a little.
Though it feels good to let people know about our achievements but we should also have the idea of what we have actually achieved and how far we still have to go. We tend to exaggerate our success and be too happy about it which eventually makes us ignorant and arrogant and also disliked by peers and colleagues.
Dreaming and anticipating are two different things just as being smart and being over smart are. It is a very self-influential thing to dream about one’s success but one must also have to learn to analyse one’s own strengths and abilities and also weaknesses to know where to improve.
This habit ensures hard work and more importantly focus and determination towards one’s improvisation and, then, to correctly anticipate one’s success.
Because, no matter what, when you follow your dream with the required zest and passion and work your way through it, both physically and mentally, your success starts to emanate from you onto others through the change you have bought upon them, upon the world, and upon yourself and it is only then when you can proudly say your actions have spoken more than your words.