“The tongue of the wise man brings healing.”
I wish I could just leave it at that. I really do. I wish that was all I needed to say. It isn’t, though, is it? If only we could take everyone back to kindergarten and teach them to evaluate every statement by asking if it is: true, helpful, and kind.
Our world is so intensely divided right now, and every day it seems to get more so.
I see so many people get so very tired simply begging for basic decency; it doesn’t seem to common anymore. I see so many people repeating over and over and over that all it takes is a moment of compassion, a conscious choice for empathy, to change all of our lives. We not all vicious and cruel.
Not everyone who disagrees with you is a monster. In fact, most of them are not. Most of them are just tired of being painted as the enemy when all they want to be is your neighbor. I don’t care which side your one of which issue. That holds true. Both sides of every issue have loudmouth malcontents decrying everyone who disagrees with them as pure villains. They like to shout at each other. The louder they shout at each other, the less the rest of us are able to hear each other speak reasonably. We have to keep trying.
We have to keep trying to bring healing with our words.
So no matter what you believe or what you have to say, ask yourself: will this heal? or will it hurt?