You know, it amazes me the things that people will say and do these days. It seems that everyone has an opinion about everything whether it makes sense or not (and yes, I realize I’m giving MY opinion here).
I just read an article about an American girl who was teaching in Japan when then tsunami struck. The article was talking about the grief the family was going through and how they were dealing with it, and with the memories of their daughter. It was touching. However, if you scroll to the comment section you read stupid comments like.
i wouldn’t die for a country or a school. you only get one life. be happy and live it each day for yourself. there is no afterlife. and yes, you like millions before you from thousands of years ago will be forgotten so don’t have such a bloated ego
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if she’d been in the u.s. where she belonged this wouldn’t have happened to her
Wow! How ignorant can some people be!!
I read the same kind of comments when we were dealing with my wife’s sister’s disappearance and death. They certainly weren’t helpful to us then, and I’m sure they won’t be helpful to the family of this poor girl either.
The Internet has given us wonderful access to information and to being able to expand our horizons and knowledge, and it gives us a wonderful venue to be able to share our thoughts, ideas and opinions, but people need to remember that for every word they type, there are potentially hundreds of people who are going to read it.
The rule of thumb, in my books, is, if you wouldn’t say it to the person directly, then don’t hide behind the Internet walls and say it there.
On the other hand, maybe people would say it to the person directly, and offend them in person! But that topic is for another day.
Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
Proverbs 11:12 “A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.”
Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”