Manage episode 306659193 series 2812281
Speech has always been an important weapon for spreading ideas, influencing others, and standing out in political struggles. Confucius, a great thinker and educator in ancient China, traveled to multiple countries for decades, persuading monarchs and subjects with excellent speech skills and resulting in the wide spread of Confucianism, which still plays a role all over the world.
In contemporary times, Queen Elizabeth the Second’s father, George the Sixth, was rated as the most famous contemporary stutterer by Time magazine. George the Sixth was a born stutterer, and he tried to find a cure for it for many years, but he had little success. Originally, he was not the heir to the throne, so his stuttering did not have that great of an impact on him since he took part in fewer royal activities. But unexpectedly, as fate would have it, his brother gave up the throne less than a year after ascending to it. He had to accept appointment and was crowned King in May 1937. At this time, the situation in Europe was tense, and war was on the verge of breaking out. The greatest challenge George the Sixth faced after he ascended the throne was to make a public speech to inspire his people. Finally, with the help of a therapist and the encouragement of his family, George the Sixth overcame both physical and psychological obstacles and delivered an inspiring speech declaring war on Germany. He became a symbol of the British people’s courage and perseverance, uniting them for the coming war.