Out of the Mouth

@AmbiePam (46169)
United States
November 29, 2017 4:55pm CST
I read this a while ago, and it resonated with me so much I shared it with my dad, who went on to use it in one of his sermons. "In the 13th century, King Frederick II conducted an experiment with 50 infants to determine what language they would speak if never permitted to hear the spoken word. So he assigned foster mothers to bathe and nurse the children, but forbade them to comfort, pet, or talk to their charges. The experiment failed because all fifty infants died." I would say in short, spoken or unspoken: words matter.
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@DianneN (59484)
• United States
30 Nov
Yikes!!!! That's so very sad. Language and love matter.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
30 Nov
Very much so.
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@DianneN (59484)
• United States
30 Nov
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• Lakewood, Colorado
30 Nov
Oh my how very sad to hear about that.. Oh yes words do matter..and mean ones so hurt and do so much damage as well
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
30 Nov
Exactly. Thank you for getting it.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
30 Nov
@AmbiePam Welcome dear Ambie..hope you are doing okay xoxo
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@LoriAMoore (10009)
• United States
1 Dec
Oh goodness!
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@andriaperry (33143)
• Anniston, Alabama
30 Nov
Yes I agree.
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@cahaya1983 (9632)
• Malaysia
1 Dec
That is true, words really do matter. But it's so sad that those infants had to be put through that experience to reach the conclusion of that experiment. If that could be called a conclusion at all.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
1 Dec
Very good observation.
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@YrNemo (8593)
30 Nov
Sounds very mean, that experiment.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
30 Nov
People were very ignorant during that time.
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@JustBhem (22533)
• Davao, Philippines
30 Nov
Words I think is powerful enough.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
30 Nov
Definitely.
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@katsmeow1213 (28927)
• United States
30 Nov
Wow.. I'm sure the lack of comfort made a big difference as well.
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@jobelbojel (5110)
• Philippines
30 Nov
This is sad. The infants could have lived.
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@TRBRocks420 (62235)
• Banks, Oregon
30 Nov
That's terrible and yes they matter very much.
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@Srbageldog (5487)
• United States
30 Nov
How heartbreaking. And yes, words matter very much.
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@Juliaacv (23246)
• Canada
30 Nov
Yes, words really do matter, immensely actually. Good point.
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@GardenGerty (91049)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Nov
Very interesting and sad social experiment.
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@franxav (3727)
29 Nov
Spoken words matter a lot and loving words spoken in loving tone nurture babies.
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@toniganzon (41121)
• Philippines
29 Nov
Oh wow! And I thought words could kill.
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@JudyEv (101028)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
It isn't the words that matter but nurturing and love. Without someone showing, in any way, that they are loved and cared about, babies fail to thrive and develop properly.
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@FayeHazel (11737)
• United States
1 Dec
Oh my goodness. What a sad story. In my recent fascination with researching serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer - it was sad that his mom seldom held him or interacted with him and didn't allow others to do much with him either as an infant. I wonder if that is part of why he turned into a monster.
@yanzalong (8832)
• Indonesia
30 Nov
No spoken words heard by the infants, they would grow mute.