“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” ― Mark Twain
Throughout my years studying Literature, I have continuously been told that to make a point I need to have sufficient evidence; while I may consider other arguments, I should focus on my goal, relating all points back to it to convince whoever may be reading it that I have a solid response.
Maybe as a result of this, or the consequence of my tendency to pick apart every single tiny detail, I have come to notice a level of imbalance in the real world between what people say and what they do. In my mind, words should be supported by actions. However, in my experience actions, or lack thereof, can contradict the words people use and I am tired of hearing things that aren’t reflected in action. Surely if someone wants to talk to you, if you’re important to them, if they want to spend time with you, if they say they care, then what they do along with their attitude towards you should reflect that? I would rather someone not say anything at all to me than tell me something untrue and, while I may not abide by this without fail, it is something I try to do. Maybe people believe what they say in the moment they say it, but once that moment passes there seems to be a lack of execution which creates a mismatch between their words and deeds, whether they’re aware of it or not. It’s not to say that this isn’t evident in other walks of life: take politicians for example, how often do they go through with the promises they make? I am just finding it increasingly difficult to take words at face value when there is little to nothing to back them up.