“As we attempt to analyze dialogue as a human phenomenon, we discover something which is the essence of dialogue itself: THE WORD… Within the word we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed – even in part – the other immediately suffers. There is no true word that is not at the same time a praxis. This, to speak a true word is to transform the world… When a word is deprived of its dimension of action, reflection automatically suffers as well; and the word is changed into idle chatter, into VERBALISM, into an alienated and alienating ‘blah.’ It becomes an empty word, one which cannot denounce the world, for denunciation is impossible without a commitment to transform, and there is no transformation without action.

– Paulo Freire, PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED

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