Virtue of the Week: Truth

Under The Lions Skin

By Aesop

A donkey found a lion’s skin and put it on. In this frightening disguise, he grazed in a farmer’s field. He amused himself by frightening all the animals he met. He felt so powerful!

Along came a fox. The donkey under the lion’s skin tried to frighten him. The donkey stood tall under the skin and let out a sound that he thought would resemble a roar. Alas, his donkey voice was all that was heard.

The fox laughed and said, “Silly donkey, if you really want to frighten me you’ll have to disguise your bray. Clothes MAY disguise a fool you know. But, his words always give him away!”

The truth may create tension, difficulties, and apparent contradictions. But it remains truth.

  • Truth is true – even if no one knows what it is
  • Truth is true – even if no one knows why it is true
  • Truth is true – even if no one likes it
  • Truth is true – even if people cannot agree on what it is
  • Truth is true – even if it is painful
  • Truth is true – even if it is not personally beneficial

Abraham Lincoln

Once, when a stubborn disputer seemed unconvinced, Lincoln said, “Well, let’s see, how many legs has a cow?”

“Four, of course,” came the reply disgustedly. “That’s right,” agreed Lincoln. “Now suppose you call the cow’s tail a leg; how many legs would the cow have?” “Why, five, of course,” was the confident reply. “Now, that’s where you’re wrong,” said Lincoln. “Calling a cow’s tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”


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