The following excerpt is from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 76–80) by Koji Sato 佐藤浩司, assistant professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This translation is a provisional one at the moment and will most likely require further revision.
Efforts That Are Consistent With One’s Words
Human beings can freely use speech as a means of communication. We can share our thoughts with others thanks to this ability. Yet when we come to think of it, it is a miracle for spoken language—which is nothing more than a simple series of sounds—to have an effect on people’s minds. What once began as a meaningless series of sounds came to be assigned with value and meaning after an extended process.