Fourteen Precepts in Fifteen Days
Ninth: Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things that you are not sure of. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.
Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh
LivingSmall would like to use this precept as a chance to thank Sean-Paul Kelly over at The Agonist for providing unvarnished news as it comes through, for doing his best not to “spread news that he does not know to be certain,” and for moderating the comments and bulletin board sections of his site so that those who only seek to “utter words that cause division and hatred” get banned. I know I’m not the only one he’s keeping sane with his clear, unvarnished news feed. Be kind to Sean-Paul and use one of the mirror sites located here, here, here, and here.