Actions Speak Louder Than Words

People are more likely to believe what they see you do, rather than consider what you said is true, because people can say anything, having no intention of keeping their word becoming untrustworthy with inconsistent actions, saying stuff which they don’t strongly believe in, and also it takes effort to do things and follow through.  John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth”, which is a bit wordy, but I think that he meant that we should think of love and relate it to what is happening because of our deeds not from what is said.  In the 1500s, the French writer Michel de Montaigne said, “Saying is one thing and doing is another.”  John Locke, an influential English philosopher, once said, “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

In 1858, after Lincoln’s remarkable performance in a series of seven debates with Senator Douglas, which were largely concerning the issue of slavery extension into the territories, he drew the attention of Republican Party leaders in New York and New England.  He was invited to speak in New York, where Lincoln delivered one of the best speeches of his career at Manhattan’s famous Cooper Union.  Horace Greeley immediately reproduced the speech in his widely read New York Tribune, and Lincoln began to be thought of as a potential presidential candidate.  In one of the most carefully prepared speeches of his career, Abraham Lincoln examined the historical evidence for the positions of the 39 signers of the Constitution on questions concerning slavery and he argued that twenty-one of the signers of the United States Constitution believed that the federal government should exercise control over slavery in the territories.  Lincoln felt that Congress had the power to prohibit slavery in the territories and new states formed out of the territories, and thus to not allow it to expand beyond the states in which it was already established.  Therefore, this became the Republican Party position, to oppose expansion of slavery but not disturb it in the South was merely a continuation of the path begun by the Founding Fathers, which should not give cause to Southerners who had threatened to secede if a Republican was elected President.

The Young Men’s Republican Union sponsored this get together at the Cooper Union, and the board included Horace Greeley and William Cullen Bryant who was opposed the nomination of William Seward for president by the upcoming Republican Convention.  Lincoln had not yet announced his candidacy, but he was the subject of talk as a contender for higher office, following the Douglas debates, even though he was unsuccessful and Douglass was elected to the U.S. senate from Illinois.  The prospect of hearing a rising leader attracted a capacity crowd of 1,500 New Yorkers.  In this address Lincoln said, “Actions speak louder than words is the maxim; and, if true, the South now distinctly says to the North, ‘Give us the measures, you take the men’.”

Grateful Dead doing an Otis Redding song ‘Hard to Handle’ featuring Pigpen singing and this song contains a line which is the title of my post.

Baby here I am
I’m the man on the scene
I can give you what you want
But you gotta’ come home with me

I have got some good old lovin’
And I got some more in store
When I get through throwin’ it on
You gotta’ come back for more

Boys will come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent lovin’
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle
‘Cause mama I’m sure hard to handle now, yessir ‘am

Action speaks louder than words
And I’m a man of great experience
I know you’ve got another man
But I can love you better than him

Take my hand don’t be afraid
I’m gonna prove every word I say
I’m advertising love for free
So you can place your ad with me

Boys will come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent lovin’
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle
‘Cause mama I’m sure hard to handle now, yessir ‘am

Yeah
Hard to handle now
Oh baby

Baby here I am
I’m the man on the scene
I can give you what you want
But you gotta’ come home with me

I’ve got some good old lovin’
And I got some more in store
When I get through throwin’ it on you
You got to come a-runnin’ back for more

Boys will come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent lovin’
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle
‘Cause mama I’m sure hard to handle now, yessir ‘am

Hard
Hard to handle now
Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah

Boys will come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent lovin’
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle
“Cause mama I’m sure hard to handle now, yessir ‘am

Yeah
So hard to handle now
Oh yeah

Baby
Good lovin’
Baby, baby
Ohh, good lovin’
I need good lovin’
I got to have it, oh yeah
Yeah
So hard to handle, now, yeah

Written for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write prompt – Speak.

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