Sunday, August 19, 2007

Speak or Say No Evil

“He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.” - Lao Tzu

Karen, the author of Waterlearner is encouraging everyone to speak no evil! Well, I had joined her boot camp.

She has indeed inspired me to come out with this post.

"To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities." - Dalai Lama

"If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned" - Epictetus

"The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it." - Frank M. Garafola

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” - Plato

“Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.” - Winston Churchill

“The best answer to anger is silence.”

According to Dale Carnegie, “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts, what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.

The bible tells us in James 3:7-10 (NIV):

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

So think twice before you speak! Do you agree?

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hazel said...

Hi Sam, I agree to a point. To speak ill of others is one thing, to remain silent in the presence of evil or evil actions is quite another.

On the Tree of life, Mercy hangs next to vengeance, these are two sides of the sword of justice.

The tongues two sides: one to praise, to raise up, to support the other: to slander, bring down and destroy. Kind of the same thing in a way.

The wisdom here I think is not in repressing one side in favor of the other, but a bringing into balance both sides. Truth is never one sided, and it often hurts to hear, to speak, to see but truth only cuts in order to heal.

Just the way I see things.

I've actually put a lot of thought into this question long before you posed it. I'm glad to have an opportunity to discuss the subject.

mr fong said...

Hello Sam have alot to learn from u.Thanks.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Hazel,
I agree with you, one must not speak ill of others for personal gain and at the same time one must not remain silent for any wicked/evil doing. Let's remember to expose all wicked things.

Indeed, those erring after hearing the truth will often get hurt but without pain there won't be a great change.

Nevertheless, the bible tells us in Matthew 7:3 -
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Thus one ought to be MORE aware of our own shortcoming first.

Thank you for your great insight and wisdom! I really value your participation.

Blessings to you Hazel.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

I only compiled all these wise sayings. You are actually learning a great deal from all those wise sayings instead of from me. In fact I am learning a great deal from everybody who had shared their insight and comments including you!

Thanks for your continued support and interest in what I do.

Best Wishes to you, Winston.

WaterLearner said...

Hi Camper Sam!

A tent filled with wisdom guiding the reader towards inner light indeed!

The chinese has a saying that disease enters our bodies through our mouths. Disasters come out of our bodies through our mouths as well. When one is not conscious of one's speech, it is a very easy well to spell TROUBLE in capital letters literally.

Thanks for sprucing your tent with such wise sayings! I am sure this would delight all Boot Campers that I am inviting to visit your good tent!

surjit said...

I think the following quote says it all:
“Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent....
Thanks Sam for sharing your insights with us.Good luck.

Jennifer said...

The movie Bambi has a nice little quote... from Thumper the rabbit...

"If you can't say something nice about someone don't say anything at all!"




Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,
Thank you for your insight and wisdom! I love the Chinese proverb ".. disease enters our bodies through our mouths"

Well, let's realize that since we were given two ears and one mouth it might be that we were intended to listen twice as much as we speak.

Thanks for your continuous support.
My best wishes to you, Karen.

Sam Chan said...

Thanks Surjit, for your continuous support. I really appreciate that.

Best wishes to you, Surjit.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

I am not familiar with the movie Bambi. However I like the quote "If you can't say something nice about someone don't say anything at all!"
That's is indeed a great advice!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful quote.

Blessings to you, Jennifer.