When was the last time you you heard or shared gossip? When was the last time hearsay was considered fact? Have you ever spread a rumor that you eventually found out was false?
We are bombarded daily with information that we must interpret as fact or fiction. As adults we have a broader set of life skills and learning to be able to tell us the difference or to be able to stop these forms of communication and find facts before spreading this information.
"We can say far more things to far more people, but the breadth of communication is prized over the depth of the conversation." Jenifer Jonson
Just because we have tons of information thrown at us constantly does not mean that we need to repeat it. One thing greatly lacking today is the ability to filter good from bad or truth from lies.
What are the definitions of these forms of communication? Let's take a look at all three:
Definition of GOSSIP is idle talk or rumor, especially about personal or private affairs of others. It is one of the oldest and most common means of sharing facts, views and slander.
This term is used pejoratively by its reputation for the introduction of errors and variations into the information transmitted, and it also describes idle chat, a rumor of personal, or trivial nature.
Definition of HEARSAY: A statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted. Thou Shalt not Bear False Witness!
Definition of RUMOR: Is often viewed as "an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern"
- So, TRUE... the 3 lowest forms of communication are: Gossip, Hearsay and Rumors!!!
- Yes... there is a reason, they're in that order :)
- Gossip has no malice, Hearsay is matter of law and scripture, Rumors hurt and destroy others!!!
The takeaway from this is that while it may be fun to sit around and chit chat, not everything we hear is truth. Not everything we hear should we repeat. Some things are better left unsaid.
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