No Harm, No Foul

Why does it seem that a disproportionate amount of today’s public discourse is devoted to disparaging others?  Even the briefest foray into the mass media or a casual conversation with friends yields exaggerated name-calling and judgmental criticism of what someone said, did, looks like or stands for.

Remember the question, “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?”  One guilty of this has earned the job title of “hypocrite.”  The early Greeks coined this word to describe a “deficiency in the ability to decide.”  Those classy Greeks took the high road, didn’t they!

Calling attention to splinters in the eyes of others but overlooking the railroad ties in our own tramples on The Golden Rule.  Love does no harm.  By censoring our harmful attitude and words, we eliminate foul language, laying a foundation for supportive, peaceful, productive, loving relationships.

What’s the good word today?

“Do for others what you would like them to do for you.  This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12