The Power of Words: “Spoken vs. Written”


Do words become more “real” when we say them aloud, as opposed to when we only write them down?

I have been thinking about this question a bit lately. In particular, today’s date – May 20th – happens to be the anniversary of my Commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. I stood on the parade ground on a bright, sunny day and said these words:

Uncommon Knowledge: James Mattis on the Virtues of ROTC


In the most recent episode of Uncommon Knowledge, I had the pleasure of sitting down with James Mattis — retired U.S. Marine Corps General, former Commander of U.S. Central Command, and now Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution — for a wide-ranging conversation about the military and national security. In this first clip from that conversation, I ask him how one makes the case for ROTC to young people today. His answer below: