One day Jack was angry at Tom for some reason and started to spread rumors that his neighbor, Tom was a thief.
As a result, Tom was arrested.
Days later Tom was proven innocent. After being released he sued Jack for wrongly accusing him.
In the court Jack told the Judge: “They were just words, didn’t harm anyone.”
The judge told Jack: “Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.”
Next day, the judge told Jack: “Before I tell you the judgement, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday, otherwise you will be hanged.”
Jack said: “I can’t do that! The wind spread them and I won’t know where to find them.”
The judge then replied: “The same way, simple words may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, rather don’t say anything.”
Moral: “Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words. “