"When a feather falls to the ground and breaks the earth asunder, the Gods smile down upon mankind's fragility and inability to resist a higher force greater than themselves, however, light the substance. Was every person in the world to forcefully blow upwards at the descending feather, they would be unable to reverse gravity and the earth's natural pull and prevent it landing on the ground any more than they could pluck a feather from an angel's wing without the angel ever knowing.
Like a falsehood told in spite and malice that is intended to impugn reputation and character, once released, there is no telling where it will end up or the ultimate harm that will be done when the untruth finally comes to the ground.
Tread lightly when you speak about the character of others, for they too carry the fragility of potential slander by the mere utterance of a false word and suggestion of character assassination.
I wish that I could go back in time and take back any untruthful or uncharitable words I have ever spoken about another since I first spoke. If I could, I would willingly place any danger of ill-thought or slander against my own name instead of theirs and gladly suffer any pain or discomfort they felt instead, but sadly I know that I cannot. All I can now do is not to repeat the wrong to them or another in the future and hope to be forgiven for past trespass."William Forde: April 23rd, 2018.