When Fake News Rings True

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and occassionally fake news has its moments – sometimes sound advice can and will stubbornly persist without permission. And it should, or at least at times, we should hope that it does and would be better off if it did. I for one could use said advice as much as anyone. When certain pairings of words form singular ideas in just the right way, even when misattributed or if taken out of context, they will no less continue to ring true without anyone’s consent.

“Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

“It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of goodwill.

“A statement endowed with these five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people.”

– Vācā Sutta (AN 5:198)]