The spoken word, according to precise plan:
Is not to be trusted.
Oration is a power play, a skilled practice
Designed first to provoke and then, to persuade.
It can short circuit sense
Apart from language chosen, and developed
To make best point,
The power of performance delivers to a prescribed end.
Polished oration plays our senses
Swamping reason in a wash of reactive feelings
Deliberately provoked and curried
To precise purpose.
Oratory is a skill
Designed and proven over centuries of practice
To disrupt - to influence - to convince.
It has nothing to do with the message delivered.
With the 'right' words and a calculated delivery
It is possible to 'sell' anything
Cynthia Buell Thomas