Change of Phrase - Sticks and Stones - stop bullying at its root source
- The World - Chrsitians , people with children , everyone that exercises common sense, PEOPLE
- United Kingdom
In society, words are taken very lightly and we see a degradation of values and respect which in the past built up our constitutions as people with virtues.
In order to get the mindset of children changed through a very poisonous phrase I would like to call for for a revisement of phrase, such that it is accurate and applicable throughout religion, sectors,cultures i.e. applicable and relevant for ALL.
The phrase details:
STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES, BUT WORDS (NAMES) WILL NEVER HURT ME. - Although a physical attack may harm me, I am not bothered by cruel words or name-calling. I don't care what you're saying. This children's taunt was first listed in 'Folk Phrases of Four Counties' (1894) by G.F. Northall and is first attested in the United States in 'Miss Lindsey' (1936) by S.G. Gibbons. The proverb is found in varying forms: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but hard words cannot hurt me; Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me; Sticks and stones will break my bones, but lies will never hurt me." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
With IMMEDIATE EFFECT change to:
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones -- And Words Can Hurt, Too
MOTIVATION: Personal life experience observations.
example - see web site
It is very important for people, especially children to recognise the power of words and how damaging they can be. words have the power to make or break people and it can leave scars that never heal until those hurting words are retracted through sincere forgiveness.
It's destructive and we should not tolerate it. I want to see this changed, lets plant the seed for CHANGE and GROWTH.