Have you ever seen these?
• Rush Energy drink kills 8 in Nigeria and counting
• LMG Sleeps With Dogs (Video)
• Coca-Cola infected with HIV
• Facebook Privacy Changed Once More!!!
• Michelle Obama texting during National Anthem
• Human foot sold as food
• Saved by an Angel; man being rescued from oncoming truck
• The story of a dog named Tank
• Eagles attempt to snatch child
• Obamacare implants microchip (666 implants)
• Worms sold in hamburgers
• Picture of a mad immigrant (woman)
• Human flesh used as “corned beef” in China?”
Just to quote but few!
Yes, you may have come across some of these topics as they make their way through people’s pages and that of yours (probably)…the circulation goes on, you may have forwarded them on social sites, networks and apps. But the BIG QUESTION is: “are they really standing out to be true as published?”
That’s a big question though, you may have wondered about what a RUMOR is?
“information or a story that is passed from one person to another and which may or may not be true”-LDOCE (Longman Dictionary of contemporary English), defines.
Now you are questioning me about whether those rumors are true or not?
Well, I’m not here to say “Yes” or “No”, but please think about these well.
You may have known the dangers associated with such rumors. The damages effected to the individuals or parties involved are often catastrophic and irreversible.
How would you feel if you learnt that your friends were spreading false information about you?
Now le’me ask you this: have you ever helped to spread any of such rumors, often on the internet via social sites, networks and related Apps?
Also, how do rumors start? In answering this question, the Watchtower said:
“…Often it is impossible to say. A loose comment by someone may be picked up, repeated and exaggerated. The suggestion that something might happen can easily become an assertion that it will happen, and then it may be turned to say it did happen. Even a joke can start a rumor if someone takes it seriously and repeats it.
Rumors spring up readily in a climate of fear…” (*** w84 9/1 p. 21 Would You Spread a Rumor? ***)
You may be shocked to hear,see or even read that a particular rumor you helped spread is false, that can really make you feel bad. To save yourself from such embarrassment, ***don’t retell a story until it becomes a proven history*** and that will help.
Quoting from the same source: “Such rumors have bad results. They make the one spreading them a liar,…they affect the reputation of the subject of the rumor. And they deceive the person who listens to the rumor, perhaps inciting him to act unwisely…”
The way forward?
“…some stories we hear may be true. But common sense will tell us that in any nation, village or even organization, rumors will spread, especially rumors that reflect the basic desires or fears of the community. And there always exists a strong possibility that a rumor is, at best, a distortion of the truth. Hence, if you hear a story and cannot pinpoint the source of it, think for yourself and be sure of your facts before you pass it on to others.
Remember, “in the abundance of words there does not fail to be transgression, but the one keeping his lips in check is acting discreetly.” (Proverbs 10:19)…” (*** w84 9/1 p. 23 Would You Spread a Rumor? ***).