Katha Sagara

Choose your words wisely

Once upon a time an old man spread rumours that his neighbour was a thief.

As a result, the young neighbour was arrested.

Many days later the young boy was proven innocent and after being released from prison, he felt humiliated as he walked back to his home. The young boy sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court, the old man insisted to the judge, “What I did was just pass harmless comments.”

The judge, before passing the final verdict on the case, told the old man, “Write down all the things you said about the young boy on a piece of paper. The cut up the paper into tiny bits and on your way home, just blow the pieces of paper into the air. Come back tomorrow to hear the sentence.”

The next day, the judge told the old man, “Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.” The old man said, “I cannot do that! The wind must have spread them and I wouldn’t know where to find them all.”

The judge then replied, “In the same way, simple comments that you pass may destroy the honour of a person to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. The old man realised his mistake and asked for forgiveness.”

Moral: Do not malign or blame anyone without knowing the facts or truth. Your words may ruin someone’s reputation and life irreversibly.

To Reflect Upon

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