When, in a moments notice, some personal failing of your neighbor comes to public light, be very careful. Do not gossip, taunt, harshly criticize and chatter flippantly. But remain silent when it does not concern you personally. For it to “come to light” means the person must have been struggling with it for an extensive period of time, must have been battling inwardly in darkness. Use the awareness for personal reflection of your own failings still lurking in the night of the soul. Use it as impetus to purify your own swamp. By chastising and taunting, we only make the path of spiritual convalescence more difficult for our neighbor. Be kind and considerate, be restrained. Refrain from using the humiliation as a springboard to advertise your own supposed moral superiority. No one has the right to do this. Absolutely no one. Regardless of how upright someone seems, there is usually a secret estate of demons domiciled somewhere in the heart. Likewise, no matter how dark someone seems, there is inevitably shafts of light within that is just severely obscured by dense clouds of foibles. Only those personally connected and directly affected should engage with a situation.
In the world today everyone is fighting darkness somehow, everyone is battling. Each at different stages. We should be mindful of this and be very considerate and kind in moments when our neighbors struggle and even momentarily succumb in their personal battles. If we cannot help another improve, we should at least not leave them worse off by heaping more obstacles on their path. Just consider, if you were equally exposed, you also would desire such graceful magnanimity.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah