My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without
killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious
and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am
believed. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves
against me because I have no name and face. To track me down is
impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am
nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause
sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion. I make innocent people
cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip. I make
headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it harmless?
Is it necessary? If it isn't, don't repeat it. -