Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ululate – Wordplay Wednesday™ 08/16/17

Shouting So Loud, Can’t Hear Yourself Think 

If only free speech was just for you, not everyone else, right? There is no right or wrong in violent rallies or riots. There is only loud stupidity.

How does destroying others’ property, causing harm to another because they have a different point of view, or throwing your lungs out through your throat, help your cause?

ULULATE (yōōlʹyoo lāt’) vi. 1) to howl or hoot; 2) to wail or lament loudly. [WW #125]

I applaud everyone’s right to ululate, but while you’re venting with violence, nothing is accomplished. What a waste of time and energy that could be spent effecting changes. Shouting never solved a problem.

How do I know this? Because I did much-too-much ululating as a young person (just ask my boys) and can’t recall one instance in which lamenting loudly made me feel better, or changed a situation to my ultimate liking.

Stop whining. Accept what you cannot change. Have courage to change what you can. Most importantly, cease ululation, so you can listen, understand, and learn enough to know the difference between the two.

I am a late subscriber to this philosophy. If I can help one other person see the wisdom in this, my day is a success.

Word Challenge: ULULATE. Excellent moment for another fractured adage: Don’t be part of the problem—offer a solution—as you fit ululate into your week of contemplative writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



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