Once an old man spread rumors that his neighbour was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested and only months later he was proved innocent. After being released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.
In the court, the old man argued that they were just comments and were not intended to harm anyone.
The judge told the old man: “Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Tear the paper on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Come tomorrow.”
Next day, the judge asked the old man to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that he had thrown 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 gave a verdict against him and said “The same way your simple loose comments may spread like a wind and destroy the honor of a man. If you can’t speak well of someone better not to say anything”
Hostility and cynical behavior can harm a person. Also if we criticize others its we who end up with loosing respect in the society. If we are wrong we loose our credibility and talked about as liars.
Before speaking anything ask yourself three questions and if answer to any one is no, do not speak
1. Is it necessary
2. Is it the truth
3. Is it kind