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There are at least two more reasons I have discovered for people being nosey. The first has to do with individuals in the workplace, who are seeking to advance rapidly. They are constantly asking questions and looking to find out faults or secrets so they can use those secrets to their advantage in getting promoted over others more qualified than themselves. Obviously, such things violate the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31), not to mention Philippians 2:3, so we should be careful not to act in this manner. The scribes and Pharisees were prime examples of individuals operating under this spirit. The second reason is simple curiosity. Many individuals have a far more curious nature than the average person. However, constantly asking questions and delving into other people's secrets can cause many problems. To begin with, we all have things we have done in the past, which we are not proud of, and therefore do not appreciate having someone digging them up and bringing them to light. Such things do not reflect who we are today, but are often painful reminders of a shameful past. Those who were raised in abusive homes even have more painful secrets. Delving into such things can resurrect a great deal of pain and confusion for them. If we truly love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), we must be mindful of the questions we ask, so as not to pry. While in US Army intelligence school, I was taught a great deal about dealing with and guarding secret information. The overbearing parameter to obtaining such information always came back to one element – the need to know. If there is not a strong rational reason as to why one should know certain facts, they should not be sought out. That is because sensitive information, in the wrong person's hands, can cause great damage, and even possessing such information often opens the door for the temptation to talk about it with others. For these reasons, we should be careful to mind our own business so as not to fall into gossip (1st Thes 4:11, 1 Tim 5:13).
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