Boston Bombings. 2 young Muslims, decided to 'fight a jihad' against America,... we know what happened there.
Martin Luther King Jr.. decided to pursue a Civil Rights activism Agenda. His mind set is found in his Dream speech as follows: "And was we walk along.. we must make a pledge to always march ahead, there is no turning back"....
King's decision had a vast influence on the whole of America and most likely the world. His speech is still inspiring to this day.
Austrian Union Organizer 1920s (un-named) decided to order a new worker to join his union.. here is the report:
I had sought work so that I shouldn't starve and at the same time so as to be able to make further headway with my studies, though this headway might be slow. Possibly I should not have bothered to be interested in my companions were it not that on the third or fourth day an event occurred which forced me to take a definite stand. I was ordered to join the trade union. (Hitler, MeinKampf)
Adolph Hitler. When contemplating whether to join the 'German Workers Party' that consisted of the massive number of '6' men, his mental processes are outlined below.
Comment: In context, James (brother of Jesus) was writing about the wrong use of the tongue in Church life, but he illustrates in doing so the power of the tongue in general. How wonderful it would be, to set a "Forest fire" in the American political status quo, that burns up the greedy, the lazy, the dubious, the double tongued, the 'this way today/that way tomorrow' crowd, by shaming them out of the place. It would be possible to raise support and momentum for serious change using nothing more than the tongue, the spoken word. If you doubt that the spoken word by a capable orator cannot have such power.. consider the incident were the Roman Lawyer Cicero defended an absolutely guilty man (his friend) to Caesar who had in his hand documents proving the guilt of Cicero's friend. By the time Cicero had finished speaking... Caesar (Himself a great orator who knew the tricks Cicero might use) was reduced to a shaking compliant wreck...so powerful were Cicero's words.
Life did not end well for Cicero, as his sharp tongue and incisive wit, was too much for a well connected and powerful Claudius and later Anthony.. and poor Cicero elected to give himself up to his enemies and he was executed. The intensity of the hatred for his skill with words is seen in the fact that Anthonies wife ordered his tongue to be removed from his deceased head, and she poked it with sharp pins for personal satisfaction. Yes.. life is tough and rough. MLK himself was assasinated just days after another speech. But when truth, Liberty and righteousness are at stake.. we can learn from Patrick Henry.. "As for me... give me liberty or give me death".