The more room you make for rumors, the more they mushroom in your mind. A rumor consumer is guided more by emotions than by facts. Rumor spreaders give rumor makers too much power.
Perhaps it’s easy to believe that people are doing bad things, because we know that we also do bad things. We need a conspiracy theory about a group of people who are conspiring to bring about more kindness and compassion.
Gossip is a set-up for anger and hostility. Retaliatory words are seldom helpful.
Freedom of speech involves the right to kindly express your belief that certain behaviors are morally wrong. It’s not the right to verbally attack people or to spread rumors.
Create a web of deception.