Vox et praeterea nihil. A sound and nothing else. I read this in my American Rhetorical Discourse textbook (it’s more fun than it sounds, I promise) and I thought it was really cool. John Dickinson uses it in one of his “letters” that he wrote to the American Colonies as they were being taxed unfairly by the British. He says that unless the colonies stand up to England, their liberty is but Vox et praeterea nihil. I’m no expert and I took about an hour to get through his letter but I like to believe that he is using it like a challenge. Challenging the colonies to man up (maybe he didn’t use those words, but if he lived in 2012, I bet he would) and tell Britain to back off. 245 years later, I found this to be pretty applicable, minus the whole mother-country-taxing-me thing.
Lately, there have been things that have been bugging me. Nothing huge, but those little things that tug at your thoughts add up. What’s worse is that these little pesky thoughts could all go away if I just said something. Simple right?
I can be pretty quiet. You may or may not agree with me on this depending on how well you know me, but I’m pretty terrible at being real about my feelings with most people. It goes without saying that I have trouble saying what I really want and it’s always bothered me. If I can’t be honest about whats really going on in my head, the things I say are only sounds, and nothing else, right? It only took 19 years and a homework assignment on public discourse to put it into adequate words that aren’t mine.
I really have to work on this problem, and honestly I’m trying. If you’re reading this and you have ever had the sneaking suspicion that I’m holding back, make me talk. I could use the help, the Lord knows I can’t do this on my own. I want my words to mean something when I talk and not just meaningless noise, but if I’m biting my tongue, it won’t mean much.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have a date at Tim Horton’s and church tomorrow and I’d like some sleep. 🙂 Goodnight!