It used to be that by the time news arrived to most people, it was barely news. I mean, it was news to them, but it would be very old news in reality. It wasn't always accurate because it had gone through several tellings. And people made assumptions or formed opinions on the news based on their experience, philosophy, and what they were hearing. They would sit around the city square, or the old store, or the house and talk about the news items, and then move on with their lives.
Things are not much different today. But some elements are quite different. Today we get a lot of our news immediately... many times watching it live, on our phones... and we can comment into the news event as it unfolds. Whether the event is political, religious, sociological, disaster, or general in nature, nearly everyone seems to have an opinion of what is going on, why it is going on, what should happen to the people involved, what laws should be made to prevent the event in the future, etc.
These opinions come hot and heavy. There is no time for reflection in most of these cases. There is no filter. Many people are just spewing ideas as they come to their head. It is basically a lot of reaction, and very little solid response. Only a very few of these ideas are valid. But in our day, every idea has the same opportunity to find a stage. In a real sense, if they were alive, you could end up with the greatest minds of all time online with the greatest fools of all time, and they both would have access to the same platform and the same audience. And unfortunately, it seems like the worst thoughts end up on the most sites.
Apparently it is not a new thing as the proverb (wise saying) reveals. Thousands of years ago there were people who spoke too soon. It is interesting that this person is not called a fool. Rather, this person is seen as a notch lower than a fool. Wait... a person who speaks too soon is in a worse place than a fool? Well that's impressive. Now think about the fact that when a fool spoke 1,000 years before Christ was born their words basically hit the air and fell to the ground to die. But today, when a fool posts to Facebook or Twitter, or a live video news feed of some sort, it is basically out there forever.
I can't control every fool out there. But I can control the fool tapping these keys right now. I can control the guy who sees a news story pop up and wants to immediately pop off. I can't always control the thoughts that come to my head, but I absolutely control the thoughts that come out of my head. If I want the hope that I can become wiser or better, I should take a little more time before adding to the verbal chaos. The public doesn't need my quick words or my unfiltered ideas. What the world needs... what I need... is a measured approach to life, with the Holy Spirit being my filter. Hope does not flow in my hype. I don't get any extra crowns in Heaven for having the quickest release of the tongue or the post. As I am conformed to the image of Christ, Who more often than not (as the Word) waited to speak until He was asked, I have a better chance of having a positive impact on others... and I have more hope than a fool.