It is an old lesson from long ago. We hear it all of the time. However, it isn't until it directly affects us that we actually listen to the message at hand.
Never put anything into writing, email, blog, memo, essay, or any form of thought outside of your brain that you don't want others to see, are afraid of being passed along to others, or aren't prepared to defend or deal with the consequences.
In the tech savvy world that we live in today, emails and computer generated documents can be sent with the simplest push of a button. It happens daily. Great moments and ideas can come from such impulsive or even deliberate moves. However, many times hurt, miscommunication, or misinterpretation can come from such instances-even when goodness is intended. In fact, most often goodness is intended.
During this emotional, political, opinionated, passionate time in our country, it is important to remember this lesson. We have personal responsibility for the ideas that we write about or forward on to others. Many times a message has been sent inappropriately or to the inappropriate person and it takes on a life of it's own, outside of the author. I have been guilty of writing emails without thinking of where they may end. I have been guilty of pressing the forward/post button without completely thinking it through as well. There are many of us out there that get excited and write, send, post, forward an idea without completely thinking through the consequence plan. Mistakes happen. However...
Think before you post or press the send/forward button. You never can tell where that email or memo might end up or for that matter, from where it stems. There are few 'take backs' in this computer generated, tele-communicative world we live in today. Don't create havic for yourself!