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When I got home I read a BBC News article about social networking in India and how these people had been lynched because of false news being spread, apparently, because of posts on Whatsapp. Not at all nice to read about.
As a writer I'm aware that my words impact others who read them but had no idea that the spoken word would affect me to such a degree.
Please keep in mind that your words speak right into someone else's soul and could cause damage all the days of their lives and could even cost them their lives, in which case you could be considered a murderer by some and if it was because of what you wrote or said the guilt will haunt you for ever.
When I was 14 years old I was told; "You are so ugly no one will ever love you, you are nothing but a Kaffir." Now I realize that not everyone knows what Kaffir means but it is one of the most offensive words you could ever imagine and is now banned in South Africa. It was a word used to suppress and belittle black South Africans during the Apartheid era predominantly by Afrikaans speaking whites but not always Afrikaans nor always white. (Not only black people were insulted in this way but white, coloured and Indians too. In fact anyone who did not fit the accepted mold.)
At the time my parents were on contract in Zambia, a nation with a black president while I was at an all white boys boarding school in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. 1969 to 1973, the name and treatment continued the whole time I was at that school.
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Well that outburst, thrown into my face, has had an immense impact on my life and more than 49 years later still haunts me. I've only been married for 6.5 years, the rest of my days were spent alone and unloved. That person who said those destructive words to me I've never forgotten. I even remember in detail the exact place it was said. In detail! So dude, you are still not forgiven and I hope you read this and realize just how much damage you did with those socially acceptable words.
Please be careful of what you say to others and as a writer it is even more important.
Free speech does not imply the speaker, or writer, is free to say what ever they feel like. It could cost someone their life.
Jesus tells us that the most important command is to love the lord your God with all your heart. The second is like it, "Love your neighbor as yourself." So, if you want others to say good things to and about you just remember : What you say to others will come back and be said to you and because you said it first you will have no leg to stand on, you deserve it.
Blessings to all who have been belittled and maltreated in this way, Geoff in South Africa.