LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
It was with great interest that I read your article “Gossip Mongering”, printed in the September issue of El Ojo Del Lago. Presently, a dear friend of mine is the subject of malicious gossip and deliberate false rumors that malign her character while accusing her of illegal activity. Not only are the accusations untrue but the cowardly author of these vicious lies chooses to spread them by making anonymous posts in public venues. As you stated in your article, this type of behavior is nothing short of criminal yet the devious way in which it is being done makes prosecution nearly impossible.
That being said, I agree with you that when encountering such nastiness, we can each in our own way make a choice about how we react. We can choose to believe the rumors, and /or relish in the discomfort of the subject. However, I would ask that people choose two other paths. First, consider that the author of the rumors is him/herself the one whose behavior and character is suspect and secondly, put yourself in the place of the person who is the subject of attack.
As I observe how this affects my friend I am well aware how easily this can happen to anyone of us. The Dalai Lama, one of the most beautiful souls to walk this earth once said “If you can, help others, if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them”. Our reputations are a precious and fragile thing and we would do well to protect our own and one another’s.
Calle Santa Isabel
Riberas Del Pilar