Man is unique from other animals that we need other people’s help for our very existence. Take the case of a motorist. His life depends not only on how well he can drive, but also on the disposition of the other drivers on the road. If another driver is inebriated or “intexticated”, no matter how well he can drive, his life is in danger. That is where the law and law-enforcement comes into play. If we suspect that somebody is driving under the influence of alcohol, or without a proper license, or while texting on his mobile phone, we can call the nearby police station and pass the information on. The driver will be arrested and hopefully will be taken off the road. This is theory.
In practice, every time someone lurks on the border of impropriety; we might not be able to do something about it. Even law or law enforcement has its limitations. The offense has to be cognizable. For non-cognizable offenses, it has to be proven in the court that someone has wronged against the society. There are always criminal lawyers. There is always the benefit of doubt.
Since man is interdependent for his daily living, even wrongs committed in the dark, in complete privacy, even in our own thoughts are against everyone else in the society. Because, thoughts are manifested as actions. In the opposite, every benevolent thought is good. We do what we think. Every prayer is answered.
If every prayer and words-of-encouragement is answered, slander has the opposite effect. It is murder on the realm of belief. People who slanders are playing with the belief system of other people. Only evil people do that. And there are evil people in this world. If they say that you are bad, that you have done something that you have not done; they are slandering. They are committing murder on your image. They are attempting to kill you in the society you live in. Because man has a tendency to believe what he hear. Unfortunately, there isn’t any law against it. I am not talking about infamous news in the newspaper. I am not talking about false accusations in the media. You can move court and file a libel suit in such cases. But what about the slander spread in your society by people with certain vested interests?
How to tackle slander then? By its inverse. By prayer. By praying, and asking other people to pray for you. Even people who slanders takes food everyday. It is a virtue in its own right. So these people are not all that bad. Slandering should be dealt with charges of first-degree murder. Until that day comes, let us pray that, “God they do not know what they are doing. Please forgive them.”