#LOJONGSUNDAY Week 39 is Don't malign others, slogan #31
I first want to say that these "don't" lojong slogans, and there are many of them, are not always as simple in interpretation as they may seem. That is not to say that they are not direct (they are) but that they also create a lot of reverberations with our lives, experiences, and the other slogans. So the more we work with the various slogans in combination with each other, the more deeply they resonate, and the more meaningful they become.
Not to malign others means just what you think it means, that you do not speak ill of others with malicious intent, with malice aforethought. Not to make ourselves feel superior, not to prop up our ego. It does not mean that everyone gets a free ride, that we don't look at their actions and perhaps feel the need to speak critically of what they do, but that is done either to help the one being criticized or to help the community. It is done with facts rather than interpretations of those facts.
Ask yourself what is the purpose of your speech, critical or not. Is what you are contemplating saying going to add to people's understanding of the situation? Is it going to help resolve conflict or help those involved engage with each other?
Look into your heart: is the purpose of your communication to aid or to destroy? If it is to destroy or demean, it may be better to remain silent.
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