(Proverbs 15:4 KJV) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
The literal read on this verse adds another dimension. We see in the translations the idea that perversion is a “breach” (crushes NASB) (7667) of the “spirit” (7307). Perverted preachers, teachers, politicians, parents crush those who listen to them. We see how twisted thinking and values can warp and destroy.
The margin says that this is literally, “is the crushing of the spirit.” That gives another slant on this. In addition to perversion crushing because of the result, it says that the person who is perverted has this as a goal. It is not an accidental result, it is a planned goal.
People love to inflict pain on others. It is called sadism. In some cases they get their jollies inflicting pain on themselves. That is called masochism. These are recognized conditions. What is denied and ignored is that they are common conditions.
So? Guard your heart to make sure that you don’t start slipping into this condition. It can happen. As important is to keep your eyes open for people who have succumbed. See if there is any way you can assist their victims. Be salt. Be light. Be alert.