In the children’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the characters, including the Emperor, have been fooled by their own liking when they failed to acknowledge that the Emperor is naked and not wearing his new wardrobe, which according to the tailors (who are actually thieves) can be only seen by the wise ones, and so as not to look stupid, they have been pretending that they are seeing the new clothes until one innocent child shouts that the Emperor is not wearing anything. It is only then when they realize that they have been cheated and have acted so stupid for not admitting that the Emperor is undressed.
Although this fairy tale teaches us many lessons, it mainly talks about honesty as none of those things would have happened if everyone had only admitted that the Emperor was not covered by clothes, instead of playing the wit and ended up being silly.
HONESTY. It means the quality of being able to tell the truth or being able to be trusted and not likely to STEAL, CHEAT or LIE. Honesty is one of the pillars of Trust. Without honesty, it is difficult to trust someone.
A relationship built on trust must have a strong foundation of honesty. When people start to lie, cheat or steal something, it is the start of doubting people’s honesty, and when it happens, someone’s trust starts to tarnish and relationships began to collapse.
Some people lie because they don’t want to hurt others, but according to the Bible in John 8:32 (NIV), “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Therefore, it is better to hurt someone with honesty than make someone happy with treachery because the pain caused by telling the truth cuts one time and heals quicker than the damage caused by deceit as the more you lie the wound becomes deeper and takes longer time to recover and when it’s healed, it leaves a scar that cannot be erased.
So before you lie, cheat or steal something for whatever reason, think of it a hundred times. Living in honesty is better than being bothered by your conscience, and come to think of it, according to the Bible in Luke 12:2, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Therefore, no matter how much you hide your fraud, it will still come out when the right time comes and it will be too late to patch things up.
P.S. It is easier to forgive people who admit their wrongdoings than those who are too proud to accept their mistakes.
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