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I learned about the Three Gates of Speech today. Before saying/writing something, check if it passes these three "gates":

1. Is it true?
2. Is it necessary?
3. Is it kind?

I'm going to make an effort to keep this in mind from now on.

@gid
#3 will make alerting people that they've just set the house on fire sort of tricky.

@justjohn @gid If I've just set the house on fire, alerting me that I've done it is incredibly kind.

@Rev_Couchsloth @gid
Well, if you 've set the fire _intentionally_, then alerting you would fail #2.

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