Blogging Insights #35

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

This is a very familiar saying to me because my mum used to own a couple of sets of the “Wise Monkeys” ornaments. Mum loved monkeys so I think that was the reason she had them but she taught us the saying and approved of it although perhaps she didn’t always live up to it. I don’t mean that she was mean or that she gossiped but sometimes she was tactless.

Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Hear No Evil

If I am honest, I’m not completely sure how to interpret the “See no evil” part. I do think that if there is evil in the world, and of course there is, we can’t turn a blind eye to it so I don’t know about that first one. “Hear no evil” to me means don’t listen to malicious gossip and stories and “Speak no evil” is about spreading such things. I’m sure that there are other interpretations that would make as much sense.

Mum’s monkeys don’t seem to practice what they preach.

It is a lot easier to get into a war of words with people you don’t know on the internet than to have an argument with someone you know. The internet can be impersonal, you can make a nasty comment because something somebody wrote annoyed you and sometimes other people will join in and it gets blown out of proportion. You may not know the people so there is no way to know if they are joking or serious or even if they are just “stirring the pot” to provoke more arguing. In real life if you were having a spirited discussion, you would be able to see your opponent’s facial expressions and hear their tone of voice which would give you a better idea of whether or not they were trying to be insulting.

I think it’s OK to disagree with someone’s point of view and respectfully say so. I think it is OK to put forward a different opinion. I think it’s OK to criticise if it is constructive but it’s not OK to be rude and insulting. That other old adage, “Do unto others as you would be done by.” is a good one to remember.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Hi / i think the see know evil relates more to guarding what you put into your mind –
    Garbage in – garbage out –
    But I agree with your points about advocating and social situations

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