purple planet wrote:I understand not to gossip about people But what about listening to it ? is it good or bad ?
What effect does it produce in you? Does it produce a positive state of mind, a negative state of mind, a mixed state of mind, or neither a positive nor negative state of mind? What sorts of acts does it cause you to do? And so on. Also, what could you be listening to alternatively that may be better than listening to gossip?
From my personal experience, listening to gossip, which I assume you mean actively listening as opposed to you simply being in the prescience of gossip but not paying it any mind, tends to lead me to repeat it or join in the gossip. My mind also gets caught up in the gossip in a myriad of way, thereby ruining making my mind unsteady. I may even overreact to listening to gossip when it strikes me hard as something I should not be doing by giving off some rude, self-righteous gesture to show my disgust with others' act of gossip. Thus, for me, listening to gossip would not be skillful, so I would do not do it.