Once an old man spread a rumor that the young man living in his neighborhood was a thief.
This thing spread far and wide, people around started avoiding that young man. The young man got upset, no one believed him.
Then there was an incident of theft in the village and the suspicion fell on that young man, he was taken prisoner.
But after a few days, he was proved innocent due to lack of evidence. After being proved innocent, the young man did not sit silent, he filed a case against the old man for making false allegations.
In the Panchayat, the old man told the Sarpanch in his defense:
'What I said was nothing more than a comment, it was not my intention to harm anyone.
Sarpanch said to the old man- 'You write on a piece of paper all the things that you had said about that young man, and while leaving, throw that paper in pieces on the way home to hear the verdict tomorrow. Come on The old man did the same.
The next day the sarpanch told the old man that before hearing the verdict, you should go out and take those pieces of paper,
Bring back what you threw out yesterday.
The old man said- 'I can't do that, the wind must have blown those pieces from somewhere, now they won't be found, where will I go to find them?'
Sarpanch said 'Just like that, even a simple remark can destroy someone's respect to the extent that that person may not be able to get it again under any circumstances.
So if you can't say anything good about someone, keep quiet. We should have control over speech, so that we do not become slaves of words.