- A story of an old man who spread rumors about his neighbor went viral on social media
- The rumor was a lie
- The judge made a great approach for the man to learn a lesson
A video story of an old man who spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief, shared by Positive Energy+ on Facebook, went viral with nearly 970,000 likes and almost 72 million views as of posting.
The story starts with an old man who spread rumors that his neighbor is a thief. The neighbor was imprisoned and after being released, he sued the old man.
During the trial, the old man said his pronouncement were just comments and is not intended to hurt anyone. The judge then asked him to get a piece of paper, write all that he said to the neighbor, cut the paper into pieces, then throw those outside the car window.
The next day, he was ordered to collect those paper pieces but, of course, he won’t be able to gather the pieces anymore as those have already been scattered by the wind.
The judge then replied, “The same way, simple words and comments may destroy the honor of a person to such an extent that a person will not be able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, don’t say anything at all. Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words.”
“Gossips are worse than thieves because they steal another person’s dignity, honor, reputation and credibility which are impossible to restore. So remember this: when your feet slip, you can always recover your balance but when your tongue slips, you can never recover your words!”
Netizens, meanwhile, shared their reactions:
“Lies were told about me when I was younger which raised doubt in the minds of others. Those lies hurt my life profoundly and still affects me to this day. Once something is said its out there whether true or not.”
“I used the same message with a Scripture class …Asking one of them to squeeze out some toothpaste from the tube…when the child did just this…I asked him to put that toothpaste back in the tube…naturally he couldn’t do this…..it was a lesson remembered that you cannot take back the spoken word…so be careful of what you do say out loud.”
“I struggle every day with a person’s lie about me…reputation….standing in a family..in society….and the more I talk about it, feel it, live it…the less I become. Forgiveness is the hardest of all virtues…but I must.”