Some many times, and especially since the coming of social networks on the internet, people have discussed others without considering how that would affect them. Usually the intent is innocent, but the results can be harmful, as we have witnessed recently.
The story goes, “In days of old, a man
Held this to be self-evident: do not
Reveal what’s told to you, until you can
Examine its intent; the way is fraught,
Each step, a chance to undertake a test —
Go thoughtfully through three pure gates of gold:
One asks, ‘Is it true?’ Two asks, ‘Is it best?’
Lastly, ‘Is it kind?’ If not, put on hold.”
Do not impart what could be quite untrue —
Go carefully, for traps are set to bind
A man whose tongue is loose — and debts accrue
To him whose words, unneeded, are unkind.
Each time temptation lures your wayward voice,
Stand at these Golden Gates, and make your choice.