You can imagine the replies in a diverse fairly liberal forum, yes? The responses have wandered across 2 threads, but the finest response by far to the brainwashing assertion was this:
That's not "brainwashing", it's human communication.
If you remove the human ability to be hurt by words, you remove the human ability to be comforted, uplifted, and sated by words.
If words cannot make you feel hated, neither can they make you feel loved.
Vulnerability is the complement to strength, compassion, integrity, hope, and all manner of other things generally considered "Good".
You cannot remove the capacity for the first without removing the capacity for the others.
I am reposting it here (permission granted by the author) for use by those who wish to use them when they encounter this age old pearl of wisdom about words never being hurtful.
And I'm not even getting into how as Witch words have enormous power and that power is not diminished based on how the "receiver" views magical words as this wee rant is not that wee rant. :P~
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