The Parable of the Piece of Paper

Like many, I also avoid rumormongers; people who have nothing better to do in their lives so they habitually waste time spreading falsehoods against others.

Avoiding them for me means also staying clear of being an instrument of any spiteful gossip. If people tell me something bad about another, I make sure it ends with me — then the world becomes better.

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I’m on this because I just read something inspiring…

Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After he was released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him. In court the old man told the Judge: “They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone.”

The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man to: “Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home; throw the pieces of paper out and come tomorrow to hear the sentence.”

The next day, the judge told the old man: “Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.” The old man said: “I can’t do that. The wind spread them and I won’t know where to find them.”

The judge then replied: “The same way, simple comments may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, rather don’t say anything wrong…

Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words.

Along with this, I inserted a composite image I just recently edited. It has nothing to do with the article. JUST SHARING πŸ™‚

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