“No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.” – Seth Godin, “The Icarus Deception”
The above quote was posted by a friend on Facebook recently. My initial reaction upon reading it was that I had the simple explanation. I responded that the reason this is so is because people think that the spoken word is more fleeting, less permanent than the written word. It comes out of your mouth, then disappears into the air unnoticed to anyone out of earshot. I argued that this was not so. Speech was not more fleeting. Thoughts cause it, and it causes actions. In this way, each of the three are equally potent.
Though there may be something to this, it can be looked at from a couple of angles:
Firstly, it must be asked how the written word fits into the trichotomy of thoughts, words and actions, as in “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Is the written word speech or is it action? According to the American Bill of Rights, the written word fits under “freedom of speech.” It is not action. But it has the power to cause, or incite action. Not that the Founding Fathers were the sages for the ages, the be all and end all of wisdom.
So let’s just say for the sake of argument that writing is “action.” Action is more concrete than “talking, as action is the “end product” in this process. But thoughts remain the most potent because they set the process in motion.
Either way, one would be advised to have talker’s block often, and for long periods of time until they were sure that what they were about to say were in line with their true feelings.