So after a ten year break the Scottish Indie rockers Franz Ferdinand have returned with a new album. I immediately liked the title. It feels strong and empowering. But the more I thought about it it the more something felt wrong.
The thing is the words we use change the way we think. Words can mean very different things to different people, based on their past experiences. We have all no doubt been surprised when someone reacts unexpectedly to something we said. But even putting this personal meaning aside words can be tricky blighters.
The words we use to describe something carry a huge amount of meaning much of which may be unintended, but which colours our thoughts. Simply by asking someone to ‘Try’ to do something we imply a degree of difficulty and an acceptance that failure is acceptable. On the other hand simply asking someone to ‘do’ something implies that it is perfectly within their capabilities. If you say to a child ” Here, try this new food and see if you like it” they are likely to taste a tiny amount and be ready to spit it out. On the other hand “Here, do you want some of this?” might get a more open minded tasting.
As Yoda says ” There is no try, only do”
So a better title might be Right Words, Right Thoughts, Right Actions.