My opinion by Mercury reader Fliss Goldsmith When talk is not such idle gossip....

Fliss Goldsmith
Fliss Goldsmith

I’ve often heard the phrase ‘Idle Gossip’ but I have come to realise that there’s actually a lot of effort that goes into perpetuating this rather dreary social ritual. Now I know not all gossip is harmful, the gossip about the latest Prada Handbag, the gossip about various celebrity shows of insanity and even the word on the street regarding her next doors new hair - do. Some gossip however can be rather more malicious and as I say it appears to take a great deal of time and effort to spread nasty rumours or speak ill of people. It led me to wonder that if those more narrow minded amongst us, that dedicate their time to negatively portraying their fellow folk and quite often ‘friends’, put as much effort into more positive ventures - how much better could life be? Shying away from the malevolent mutterings of those more concerned with stirring the social cauldron is by far the better thing to do and if we all took that lesser trodden path perhaps the word on the street would be a far more positive one.

Gossip seems to me to be a waste of time and effort, it really doesn’t achieve anything except perhaps distress for the subject and just perpetuates a cycle of negativity. You only have to tune into the news to know there is enough going wrong in the world to fill several lifetimes, so surely we don’t need to add to it with callous conversation?

I’ll let you discuss that amongst yourselves, not that you’re ones to gossip of course!

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