Support is a term that comes from supporting. This verb refers
to making something rest on something else; to found or base; to confirm or hold
any opinion or doctrine; or to favor and sponsor something.
support, therefore, can be a physical (material) thing or a symbolic
matter. In the first case, it can be defined as support for what
supports a structure or an object. For example: “The steel legs
are a firm and solid support for the table”, “Don't
move that box! I use it as a support for the library ”, “ If you have
trouble getting up, use your elbows for support ”.
Professional singers use the term support to refer to the
ability to control the air outlet, so that excessive pressure is not exerted on
the larynx, which could cause irreparable damage in addition to a weak sound and
little timbre. There are various techniques and tips to obtain such support, but
on a physical level it is a matter of mastering the diaphragm to prevent it,
after each inspiration, from returning to its original position and causing
immediate expulsion of air.
Thanks to the support, singers can control the intensity of the sound and
generate all kinds of ornaments and colors with the voice, without damaging
their vocal cords without need to use a lot of air; in fact,
the higher the technique, the less air is required to play the same
melody. According to specialists, the way of breathing used by the vocalists is
the same that all terrestrial mammals practice at birth; Unfortunately, human
beings quickly stop using the lower part of the lungs to focus on the upper
part, and that makes us less apt for very demanding physical activities, such as
In a symbolic sense, support can be the basis or proof of
a comment, a theory or a doctrine: "Journalists
do not believe my complaint: I am going to show you these photographs to support
my statements", "If you want the State I grant you a grant for your
research, you have to present some evidence to support your hypothesis ", "
Dr. Fullman's words were the support I needed to know that my postulate was
When making a public statement that can have strong
repercussions, it is very important to rely on a reliable theoretical basis, in
one or more sources that assure us the truthfulness of our words, or that at
least indicate that they are closer to being true. How false. The absence of
this foundation does not always occur by mistake or chance, but when you want to
manipulate the information there are almost no limits to try to convince an
interlocutor of a lie, however great it may be.
Support, on the other hand, can be a favor, help or protection given
to someone or something: "My daughter will need school support to get
through the year and not repeat it", "We have to give support to
people who have lost all their belongings due to the floods ”, “ I
want to express my support for the candidate who has suffered these cowardly
anonymous threats ”, “ Thank you, without your support none of this
would have been possible ”.
The friendship is characterized, in part, as a space where
you can get the support we really need, that we often deny us in other kinds of
relationships. However, it is important not to expect friends to support us in
any decision, but to trust their judgment to know how to tell us that we are
wrong, to firmly oppose certain attitudes of ours whenever they consider it
necessary for our well-being.