Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief !
As a result a young neighbor was arrested ! Day later he was proven innocent !
After being released he sued the old man for defamation of his moral character
In the court the old man told the judge that:
These were just comments, he didn’t harm anyone !
The judge before determining the verdict, told the old man
That write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper, cut all these into pieces and on the way to your home throw all those out of your car window !
Tomorrow come to hear the verdict !
The next day, when the old man appear before the judge, the judge told the old man, I wanted you to go out and collect all the pieces of paper you threw !
The old man replied : I cant do this the wind spread the papers all over the place and it is impossible for anybody to gather all those thrown pieces !
The judge replied : the same way simple words and comments can destroy the honor of person to such an extent that the person will not be able to fix it.
If you cant speak well of someone, don’t say anything at all.
Gossipers are worse than thieves because they steal another person’s dignity !
Honor, reputation and creditability which are impossible to restore.
Remember you can never recover your words !