Congratulaions, you've managed to put in bold two statements which appear contradictory when taken out of context. Look, I've put hurty in bold so that means you are admitting words can be hurtful! Actually in a way this is less stupid as it seems as you seem to be saying these words have a potential to be hurtful but you personally choose not to be hurt by them (which we are all capable of) and this is what I mean. An insult from a person you hold in high regard and and choose to listen to can actually be quite painful. You might say that this is because of the meaning behind the words and I'd probably agree but I don't agree with the idea that words (in context) are impotent. I should point out that I very much agree with the OP however I want to express a view that I believe that there are cases where the right to freedom of speech is used as a substitute for physical agression and intimidation and that I disagree with the notion that words cannot be powerful. This sums up what I am trying to say quite well actually.