I Believe that Gossip Hurts

Danielle - Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Entered on February 20, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: setbacks

I Believe That Gossip Hurts

Many people say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This saying is repeated often; however, words can, and do, hurt people’s feelings. As many people go through everyday school and work life, there is often someone or a group of people who make you feel unvalued. It shouldn’t bother anyone about what other people think, but it does. I’ve seen friendships ruined because of gossip and talking bad about their friends. One philosophy of life that I feel is very important is that you should not gossip about others.

By spreading gossip, it is impossible to know who could be hurt by what was said. When you tell one person something, you can’t ever control who else hears what was said. If what you said is not true, then it can be especially hurtful to the person.

By spreading gossip, some people can be very hypocritical. Rumors can get started, and in no time, these rumors get around to the victim. When I hear people talking about me behind my back, I get angry and have a tendency to turn right back around and start talking about them. This side-effect of spreading gossip is that it often causes gossip and rumors to be spread about you.

By spreading gossip, some people feel that they are building themselves up, but this is at the expense of others. Some people find that gossiping makes them more popular around their friends. It is as if their gossip has lifted them up on the ladder of popularity and social status. This is not the case. I have found that those who talk about others are either jealous or are self-conscious about themselves. It is those who start the lies and hurtful statements of others that are hurting themselves.

The temptation of gossiping and starting rumors will be around for a long time, but the only way to stop it and not be a predator or a victim of this unnecessary violence is not to spread it. It’s plain and simple; gossip hurts everyone and it is not the right thing to do. This is why I believe that gossip hurts others.