There's a time to be heard and there's a time to simply hear. We cannot hear thoroughly above constant chatter. Quieting our words and our thoughts gives us access to hear rightly.
Every thought does not need to be spoken, nor does every opinion need to be made known. Some thoughts are best kept private and some opinions should be recognized by the holder of them as nothing more than personal perspective, given to change as knowledge grows.
We do not need to know everything our neighbor is doing nor do we need to be repeating every piece of info that falls into our ear about one another.
Our words are powerful and yet we should not have the need to always be speaking more loudly than one another. We need not always to be heard by everyone else.
Not every piece of information we become privy to is productive for the purpose of anything good. In fact, much of the info we may have access to is indeed counterproductive for anything even close to a good purpose. Therefore, we should learn to be discerning of what conversations we should take part in and what info we need to be absorbing, as well as what we have no business partaking in.
Being our brother's keeper isn't about being all up in one another's business, rather, it's about loving rightly, protecting and helping each other up when we fall, and helping to meet one another's need with a sincere brotherly love.
It's not rude to "pass" on a counterproductive conversation (such as gossip), on the contrary - it's wise!
We may not have a choice of what is initiated within our realm of hearing and seeing but we most certainly do have a choice in what we allow ourselves to continue hearing, seeing and talking about.
Let's choose to display wisdom in our choice of conversations, if not already, beginning today. Blessings! :)