My Name Is Gossip.
GOSSIP

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#1 Nov 28, 2009
“My Name Is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

The more I am quoted the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I AM CALLED GOSSIP.”

This eye-opening poem from an unknown author says a lot about the damage done through gossip. What about the famous phrase we all have heard. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? In our hearts, we know this is not true, even though it may be a useful attitude to take when insulted by others. Reciting those words does not take the hurt away.

Words do tremendous damage. So unless you've been a victim of violent crime or of a major illness or something else catastrophic, your deepest pains have probably come from hurtful words.

Whenever we talk negatively about people or listen to someone else talk negatively about others, we unleash that harmful power. So how do we use this power of words with others? Do our words lift and inspire, or do they destroy? Are they words of truth? Do we disclose truth in a hurtful way? If someone paid us 10 cents for every kind word we said about people, and collected five cents for every unkind word, would we be rich or poor?

Gossip and slander can ruin reputations, families, break up marriages, separate friends, destroy communities and, yes, even divide churches. Knowing that gossip is so destructive, why do we do it?

WHY DO WE GOSSIP?

We often gossip to feel good about ourselves. We get an ego boost from others' sins and mistakes. To gossip makes us feel superior to the person we are talking about.(Pride)

We also gossip to draw people into our own hurt and anger. We want others to side with us so we must tell our side of the story. Then our friends repeat the story to their friends and on and on it goes. Even if you say the truth, it does not justify unnecessarily passing on hurtful information about someone.

By applying his instruction, gossip can be stopped. Let us all strive to use the power of our words for healing.
true

Richmond, KY

#2 Nov 28, 2009
This should be in the bible!
Man in the mirror

Richmond, KY

#3 Nov 28, 2009
Some people need to practice what they preach! Maybe the fellow posting this should realize that.
bad

Richmond, KY

#4 Nov 28, 2009
gossip bad
greentea

Richmond, KY

#5 Nov 29, 2009
GOSSIP wrote:
“My Name Is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I AM CALLED GOSSIP.”
This eye-opening poem from an unknown author says a lot about the damage done through gossip. What about the famous phrase we all have heard. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? In our hearts, we know this is not true, even though it may be a useful attitude to take when insulted by others. Reciting those words does not take the hurt away.
Words do tremendous damage. So unless you've been a victim of violent crime or of a major illness or something else catastrophic, your deepest pains have probably come from hurtful words.
Whenever we talk negatively about people or listen to someone else talk negatively about others, we unleash that harmful power. So how do we use this power of words with others? Do our words lift and inspire, or do they destroy? Are they words of truth? Do we disclose truth in a hurtful way? If someone paid us 10 cents for every kind word we said about people, and collected five cents for every unkind word, would we be rich or poor?
Gossip and slander can ruin reputations, families, break up marriages, separate friends, destroy communities and, yes, even divide churches. Knowing that gossip is so destructive, why do we do it?
WHY DO WE GOSSIP?
We often gossip to feel good about ourselves. We get an ego boost from others' sins and mistakes. To gossip makes us feel superior to the person we are talking about.(Pride)
We also gossip to draw people into our own hurt and anger. We want others to side with us so we must tell our side of the story. Then our friends repeat the story to their friends and on and on it goes. Even if you say the truth, it does not justify unnecessarily passing on hurtful information about someone.
By applying his instruction, gossip can be stopped. Let us all strive to use the power of our words for healing.
Just thought this should be bumped back up on top!
Not Likely

United States

#6 Nov 29, 2009
Having family, friends, employers, and a house of worship (if applicable) that do not heed every foul word uttered or blathered about on anonymous, barely monitored public forums - i.e. this site - makes all the difference. If the life one builds for one's self is so fragile as to be swayed by such inconsequential external influences, then I believe gossip is among the least of that person's worries. Houses made of straw don't exactly stand up to huffing and puffing, now do they?

You can't convince people to just be nice. Not everyone shares the same moral or religious constructs, and many more merely claim to, only to say and do what they will the other 6 days of the week.

To some, gossip is a way of life, practiced for generations, substituting for a lack personal character and a life devoid of more meaningful endeavors. It's often learned from poor role models and reinforced by everyone they associate with in their dysfunctional little social circles. And you can expect they'll further this tradition with their own children, because it's all they'll hear growing up.

You can't stop gossip any more than you can halt an imminent storm. All you can do is strengthen yourself and your circle to weather such minor unpleasantness. If not, you and yours will forever be at the mercy of others, instead of being the masters of your own lives that we all could be, were some less influenced by the idle chatter of people who don't matter.
reality alert

Richmond, KY

#7 Nov 30, 2009
Not Likely wrote:
Having family, friends, employers, and a house of worship (if applicable) that do not heed every foul word uttered or blathered about on anonymous, barely monitored public forums - i.e. this site - makes all the difference. If the life one builds for one's self is so fragile as to be swayed by such inconsequential external influences, then I believe gossip is among the least of that person's worries. Houses made of straw don't exactly stand up to huffing and puffing, now do they?
You can't convince people to just be nice. Not everyone shares the same moral or religious constructs, and many more merely claim to, only to say and do what they will the other 6 days of the week.
To some, gossip is a way of life, practiced for generations, substituting for a lack personal character and a life devoid of more meaningful endeavors. It's often learned from poor role models and reinforced by everyone they associate with in their dysfunctional little social circles. And you can expect they'll further this tradition with their own children, because it's all they'll hear growing up.
You can't stop gossip any more than you can halt an imminent storm. All you can do is strengthen yourself and your circle to weather such minor unpleasantness. If not, you and yours will forever be at the mercy of others, instead of being the masters of your own lives that we all could be, were some less influenced by the idle chatter of people who don't matter.
Bump
Yes

AOL

#8 Dec 1, 2009
Bump this back up please keep bumping this back up
Gossip is foolishness

Richmond, KY

#9 Dec 1, 2009
reality alert wrote:
<quoted text>
Bump
I agree and I just got on here because bored and I try never post but find my name on something and it made me soo mad because I bother noone and have a happy life finally and someone has to go put my name up and well I chose to not reply on the topic its about but to hope it goes away because people know I am decent but it still hurts..shame on u ruthless people who dont care to make people sad and hurt and let the Lord help all these who feel the need to hurt innocent people..all we can do is pray for them to wise up...
music lover

Richmond, KY

#11 Dec 4, 2009
GOSSIP wrote:
“My Name Is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I AM CALLED GOSSIP.”
This eye-opening poem from an unknown author says a lot about the damage done through gossip. What about the famous phrase we all have heard. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? In our hearts, we know this is not true, even though it may be a useful attitude to take when insulted by others. Reciting those words does not take the hurt away.
Words do tremendous damage. So unless you've been a victim of violent crime or of a major illness or something else catastrophic, your deepest pains have probably come from hurtful words.
Whenever we talk negatively about people or listen to someone else talk negatively about others, we unleash that harmful power. So how do we use this power of words with others? Do our words lift and inspire, or do they destroy? Are they words of truth? Do we disclose truth in a hurtful way? If someone paid us 10 cents for every kind word we said about people, and collected five cents for every unkind word, would we be rich or poor?
Gossip and slander can ruin reputations, families, break up marriages, separate friends, destroy communities and, yes, even divide churches. Knowing that gossip is so destructive, why do we do it?
WHY DO WE GOSSIP?
We often gossip to feel good about ourselves. We get an ego boost from others' sins and mistakes. To gossip makes us feel superior to the person we are talking about.(Pride)
We also gossip to draw people into our own hurt and anger. We want others to side with us so we must tell our side of the story. Then our friends repeat the story to their friends and on and on it goes. Even if you say the truth, it does not justify unnecessarily passing on hurtful information about someone.
By applying his instruction, gossip can be stopped. Let us all strive to use the power of our words for healing.
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