Have you ever wondered when the idea of a rumor began? The Bible has reference to spreading rumors and lies on many of its pages. There are novels, movies, and television series based on the mere thought of a rumor. It is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. We seem to associate rumors with high school and the horrors that many kids face from bullying in those years but, these harsh words started way before our high school years. There are children spreading rumors from the moment they reach kindergarten. You see, they learn from observation. And the habits that they observe and take-on are carried into our later years.
We all learn from observation. I’ve been observing that you can learn a lot about a person by hearing how they speak about someone else. There are days where I observe people jumping out of their skin to tell their co-workers about the so-called stupidity of another. Where does this need come from? Why do we have to speak harmful words? But, most of all, why can’t we say these things to someones face?
If you are a person in your twenties you have likely been a part of gossip. You may have been the subject or you may have been the creator. What fuels your need to spread anything hateful to other people? There are two very specific people in my life who speak maliciously each time I see them. My observations have made me trust these people less and less. When I hear the way they talk all I can think is, “What on earth do they say about me”? It is so easy for them to smile at the people that they hate and turn right around to bitch about them. So when you smile at me, you better bet I’m going to question what you’ve got to spread about me to other people.
We can probably each name a few fake people in our world and so I urge you to be become aware of the impression you’re giving each day. Do you want to be one of the rumor creators or do you want to be immune to it? I have made a pact with myself after realizing this pattern in society. I just keep quiet when I hear someone giving the cues that they want to share a secret. If I overhear something being wrongfully said I call that person out. How will we end this epidemic that is diarrhea of the mouth mixed with jealousy. It’s one of the most disgusting sicknesses that we’ve caught.
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” – Proverbs 21:23
If you choose not to be the person who keeps themselves out of trouble you should believe that those of us who do will begin to look at you with disbelief, snub your pettiness, and walk away. Those of you who have been the subject have every right raise your voices to the haters. Those of you who have observed hatred toward a friend or acquaintance should not be afraid to tell the creator of the lies to stop. Let’s find the cure and be the cure. No one likes a gossip junkie and I certainly will not continue to put up with your nasty ways. Watch out world, the twenty somethings are the new warriors on words!