“Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Step 9 of the 12 Steps
Remember, Jesus said “Follow me” and never once said, “worship me.” The sad result is that we have many “spiritual” beings when the much more needed task is to learn how to be true human beings.
Full humanness leads to spirituality by the truckload.
It takes seven to ten years, they say, for a married couple to begin to learn how to fight fairly.
Just because it is factually true, does not mean everyone can handle it or even needs to handle it. (DISCERNMENT!!! brian)
Gossip is not a right but a major obstacle to human love and spiritual wisdom.
Truth is not just factual truth (the great mistake of fundamentalists), but a combination of both text and context, style and intent. (this may sound postmodern wishy-washy, but he continues to cite the falsely accused and imprisoned. “truth” is not always truth.)
Even sincere people can do a lot of damage with information that they are not prepared to handle, and often make rash judgments that are not true or helpful.
(not from this book but a verse I have always liked:
“a truth that’s told with bad intent,beats all the lies you can invent”)