Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. Benjamin
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Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. Buddha
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Our personal code of ethics should include not speaking ill of others.
We are plagued in this nation by politicians who cannot put their brain in gear before they open their mouths. For example, Marco Rubio inferred that Donald Trump had a small penis because he had small hands. Trump was dumb enough to respond to such a juvenile allegation.
It has been a principal since the earliest times in America that the way to win an election is to pile up as much negativity on your opponent as possible. Rubio and Cruz resisted this because of their avowed Christian upbringing until they found themselves “out of the race.” After that, anything goes.
But it doesn’t just happen in politics.
Too often we criticize others, often incorrectly. We need to mind our own business, to steer away from gossip and to say nothing evil about anyone.
We all know that there are very evil people in this world who deserve our criticism. Sometimes we follow evil people. Look at the German people. Almost everyone followed Hitler, most not realizing that he was committing atrocities wherever he gained control. Germans who lived during World War II still can’t figure out why they followed Hitler.
(The Italian people seemed to have had less love for Mussolini. They were happy to hang him by his toes. Their hearts never were in the war.The Emperor of Japan, during World War II, knew exactly what was going on in his realm and approved the activities of his Armed Forces. For political reasons, Tojo took the blame.)
There is a time to speak up against evil. We do not want to routinely speak evil of our friends and neighbors.
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say. Will Durant
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