Monday, November 08, 2004

Lashon Hora

Literally, it means, The Bad Language. I've learned from being in an environment where people are soooo not careful how they speak that speech is such a powerful and important thing. Today, I saw it make someone cry, make someone laugh, make someone hate someone else, and make someone look down on another person. We have laws about how to guard our tongues, but I think it's something that should hold true to all people. It is so not necessary to say something nasty-to someone, or worse, about someone behind their back(therefore not them the chance to defend themselves).

Lashon Hora doesn't only include how we speak about others-it's how we talk in general. We learn that a person has only a certain amount of words to say in his lifetime-how can we waste them with curses and dirty phrases? How can we take the one thing that physically separates us from animals and act lower than the lowest creature?

I heard Eli Weisel speak last night. The man has taken the English language and mastered it, to the point that every word that he says is quotable, is remarkable in its brilliance. We can't necessarily do that, but we CAN make our words pleasing to others.

2 comments:

leati said...

They don't see it as a "moom"...

Stx said...

Yeah. It's so normal to them. Not just the potty mouth talk, but the nastiness. And I know there are nice people out there; I'm not denying that. But they still have no concept of holding something in, of that sort of self-control. To them, that would be "stifling their feelings" or something. It's just not part of their repertoire.

Which just goes to show that without Torah, morals kind of melt into a big gooey mess...