Talk is Cheap

Social media follows leading figures of government, business, and society  as never before. Social networks wirelessly  connected to the world share local secrets with the world in realtime. Pictures, recorded audio and video are permanently placed in the electronic world easily referenced by anyone connected to the Internet . News traveling this fast can cause political, intellectual, and current media stars to rise to fantastic levels of success or fall into scorn. The hardest thing in the world seems  the ability to keep quiet and out of public view.

My advice is to keep secrets secret.  Do not talk to anyone about anything. Cut the crap and broadcast only what is relevant for your audience. Give the audience only the information it needs. Your message must be clearly communicated with your actions and words to avoid misunderstandings and unfortunate incidents.

“Nothing is more becoming a man than silence. It is not the preaching but the practice which ought to be considered as the more important. A profusion of words is sure to lead to error.” 

Talmud.  Page 8

“To abstain from speaking is regarded as very difficult. It is not possible to say much that is valuable and striking.”

Mahabharata. Pg 7

Book of wise sayings. WA Clouston

Hutchison & Co. London. 1893

“Never talk about yourself. To do so you must either praise yourself, which is vain,or blame yourself, which is weak-minded – it is unseemly for the speaker and unpleasant for the listener.And if you should avoid this in ordinary conversation,how much more so for official matters, and above all in public speaking, where every mere appearance of unwisdom really is unwise. The same want of tact lies in speaking of someone in his presence, owing to the danger of going to one of two extremes: flattery or censure.”

Balthasar Gracian.  Pg 99

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

ed.  J.Jacobs, Shambhala Publications, Boston,1993

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