Fake news. Real news. Gossip. Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics … our world is full of information — more than we’ve ever had. Unfortunately, it seems we are less informed than ever.
It is rumored Mark Twain said famously, “A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.” A version of this adage was attributed to Mark Twain in 1919, but Twain died in 1910. So much for that truth!
How come we ignore the Naked Truth? I found a story from Emmitt Knapp. Maybe this explains things. [note: Facebook initially banned this image from their pages — because of the naked nipples. Why does Facebook ban the nipple?]
According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvelous day today!”
The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water is very nice, let’s take a bath together!”
The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away.
The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame.
Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the Naked Truth.
February 1 at 6:24 PM
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