Lishon Ha Ra v. Lishon Tov (Bad versus Good Speech)
In the Talmudic Tractate - Erchin (15 b) it is written, "A person's tongue is more powerful than his sword. A sword can only kill someone who is nearby. A tongue can cause the death of someone who is far away".
That is as true today, maybe more so than when this was written.
We read of those cyber stalked and cyber bullied who commit suicide due to idle and false gossip; nasty verbal attacks from remote locations.
Technology is neutral. It can be used for good and misused for evil with equal effort.
Rabbi Yisroel Meyer Kagan (Chofetz Chayim) wrote a book (Guard Your Tongue) about how gossip (Lishon ha Ra - the evil tongue) can destroy a community.
He cites thirty one distinct examples from the Torah of why speaking and listening to gossip is prohibited because it why and how it causes harm to innocent people, and indelibly stains the souls of those who do this.
This points made me think about how speech (including written communication) affects for good and bad our News Talkers community.
Words do have power in positive and negative ways.
This discussion thread calls upon all News Talkers Community members to share your thoughts, experiences and suggestions for how to make the ways we communicate here bring us closer together, better informed, and help us all be better persons.
What kinds of speech acts help and hurt us?
What can we do for the greater good of our community about this?
How can we remain true to what we opine and extend the same to others who see things differently than do we?
How can we impart and receive the wisdom of others when not our own viewpoints?
How can we tweak it to fit how we live our lives here and elsewhere?
How we help and be helped by others when and as needed and wanted through what and how we communicate here?
As ever, please follow site CoC, TOS; and the Four B's.
or Be Gone!
Let's see if together in fellowship and good will we can make 2019 the best year yet for all in our News Talkers Community.
Let's actualize our potential to be the best on line community on the Internet.
We can be a role model to all in cyber space on how to use diversity of views to identify and build on the glue which binds a community together in peace, harmony, and caring through respectful sharing.
Onward and Upward in 2019.