I’ve been lulling myself to sleep lately with this Sufiism:
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask, ‘is it true?’
At the second, ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate, ask, ‘Is it kind?’
Think I’ll tinker with Sufi’s wisdom though, just this once. After all, I’m writing, not speaking. Can I slide my words only through the first two gates and slip around the third? Yes—to unleash unkindness towards Meryl Streep.