“Those who know don’t speak, and those who speak don’t know” – Lao Tzu
In this generation in where people’s opinion matters, most of us are abusive of the freedom that we have. We comment on what we see, smell, hear, taste or feel even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense at all, or worst we hardly act on the things that we should be doing. We tend to be irrational and irresponsible at times, and for some, they say their opinion just to make someone feel bad or simply to have fun of someone. With this, our out-spoken opinion could lead to most of the time bad, than good judgment.
The phrase “I am entitled to my opinion” is overrated! Most of us talk before we think. A word said can be fatal than a sword – so it wouldn’t be bad if we be rational first before we drop a word. When we’re emotional, we lose the most common of all senses and neglect the fact that people around us have feelings too, so firing negative words for whatever reason, only leads to a cycle of pain.
I’m not saying we should suppress our thoughts or feelings; it’s a matter of being responsible on the privilege that we have. It’s more of being mindful on every word that we say. Tone and timing is the key. We are responsible on everything we say, and if we become responsible on what we say, we become good listeners, thus can lead to proper communication. Words that come from someone’s tongue, which are not filtered in one’s mind, makes them really dumb.
One thing I’ve learned is, before you say something about what the person wears, looks, smell and skin tone…think first. True enough: “If you have nothing good to say, better keep your mouth shut!”. Empty words only come from an empty mind.
***an original post from my personal blog at blogspot. Reposting and revised after 10 months.