Words Matter: Right Speech

Words Matter.

“What is the most destructive organ in the human body?
What is the most helpful organ in the human body?”
“The tongue (along with the lips, lungs, teeth and vocal chords)”

I find it helpful  to ask myself this question before I speak:

Are these words as beautiful, necessary, and effective as silence?


“Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

“It is spoken at the right time.

It is spoken in truth.

It is spoken affectionately.

It is spoken beneficially.

It is spoken with a mind of good-will.”

— AN 5.198

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” -international version of the King James Bible.

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