All of us at one time or another have seen or heard of a situation that has not only shocked us, but also destroyed the character of the person or persons involved. This has become prevalent in today’s environment because of the various forms of instant communication, be it newspapers, cell phones and most assuredly the almighty Internet.
For example, you might download a picture someone sends you that shows your girlfriend kissing another guy. You—and everyone viewing the photo—rush to judgment and blister her all over the Internet. When the facts come out, you find it was her cousin who was visiting at her home! I know you can think of other examples. Take a minute to think about the damage that has been done because of this rush to judgment.
Now let me tell you a true story. If anyone had taken a picture with a cell phone, here’s how the scene looked:Two men were in a bathtub, one of them lying naked in the tub and the other, wearing only undershorts, was straddling him with both arms around him. You can imagine the fodder and uproar if this picture had been uploaded to the Internet—both of their reputations would have been compromised!
Now for the rest of the story. A desperate phone call was placed, asking a neighbor for help.“Please come help me, my husband is in the bathtub and cannot get out,” the caller said. “Can you help me?” The neighbor rushed over to the home with his wife. The distressed wife ushered both the neighbor and his wife into the bathroom where they saw the naked gentlemen laying in the tub. He was both perplexed and embarrassed. The neighbor immediately stripped down to his shorts, got into the tub and attempted many times to get the gentleman out of the tub. Despite straddling him and putting his arms around him, it just did not work.
Finally, a rescue squad was called and the gentleman was lifted out easily by two burly firemen. Again, this is a true story. How do I know? I was the neighbor who could not lift him out! So you see, things are not always what they seem to be. You should always question things, especially those that provide shock value. A rush to judgment may not only do harm to the people involved, but also embarrass you for jumping the gun.