In our current world where we substitute emojis for a sentence, use autocorrect for spelling and grammar and tweet complex ideas in 140 characters we need to make room for eloquence. If hearts and minds are to be changed to make the world a better place then we need to speak out which is the Latin root ( eloqui ) of eloquent. It is not surprising that even the use of the word eloquence in conversation has decreased dramatically over the past decades. We don't value it as much. Maybe we don't think of it as much. Until we hear someone who has it. Then you can appreciate its power. In a future where computers and robotics will be increasingly taking the place of humans we need to keep our ability to think and convey our thoughts through the spoken word. This is what separates us from machines. The visceral immediate turning of the heart because of receiving human words. Words on fire.
And that is another definition of eloquence. Eloquence is words on fire. And fire changes things. So be mindful of the power of the words within you. Speak out.
(Graph found by doing a search on Google.com of "definition of eloquence" and clicking on the "Translations, word origin, and more definitions" link.)