Speak no evil?

Proverbs 8:1-21: [Wisdom says] Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right; for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find knowledge.
A place called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice documents and remembers the racial terrors of the South. The description of the memorial makes it sound like a powerful, moving, and sobering experience. But a part of me doesn’t want to know all of that truth about a geographic place I have come to love.
An optimistic person, I often don’t want to know bad news. I want to be wise and well-rounded, but I don’t want to know about unpleasantness and negativity. And Proverbs describes wisdom personified, in which wisdom claims that none of the words in her mouth are “twisted or crooked.” She tells us that “wickedness is an abomination” to her lips.
But as much as we don’t want to perpetuate evil by reliving it too often, we also cannot afford to let it go unnoticed and unremarked. We have to “understand and find knowledge” even if it requires painful memories of where we have gone wrong, where we have turned from God. We want to be persons of joy and light
But mustn’t we also speak of evil and remember its manifestations if we are to grow in wisdom?
Psalms 16, 17; 2 John 1-13; Matthew 12:1-14
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