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This a perfect parable of the way our words can work harm in others.|
Eric Lundquist, editor in chief of PC Week, summed the matter up well: The reason this is spreading so rapidly is that youre getting it from people you know and you trust, he said. You should never open documents or attachments from people you dont know, but this is the first one you need to be careful of opening documents from people you do know. [emphasis mine, DPS]
Who created and distributed this costly virus? That remains to be seen, but authorities have charged a computer programmer, David L. Smith* with several counts, including interruption of public communications, conspiracy and theft of computer service. Together, these charges carry a potential maximum penalty of forty years in the big house and nearly a half a million dollars in fines.
Smiths attorney, Steven Altman, says his client never intended to do anything wrong and says he will plead innocent to all charges. In Altmans words: Nothing he did, or intended to do, had a premeditated or wrongful intent.
Now why am I reiterating this story? Because it is a perfect parable of the way our words can work harm in others. Think about it - very personally. Have you ever heard yourself think / say anything like the following?
Need I say more? Just a little more.
What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. . . . If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say. (Proverbs 18:21; 21:23 TEV)
Even if you intend no harm.
This, beyond question, is an important message. Show it to everyone else in the way you speak to, and about, others.
* The writer, David P. Smith, is quick to claim no blood relation except through Adam to David L. Smith. :-0 But he has him in his prayers. For help if you believe you may have been infected with the Melissa virus, go to any of the following:
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