I always get such a kick out of the story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Hans Christian Andersen. Imagine, no one would admit that they saw no clothes upon the weaving loom (or the emperor) for fear that they might be ‘stupid’ or unfit for their job. And so they all carried on this silly charade, praising and admiring these beautiful colors, textures and fabrics that were, of course, non-existent. Such an amusing story, such a poignant story. Think of the foolishness of that town. No one would say anything because imposters had convinced them that something imaginary was real. They didn’t want to admit what their eyes actually saw because they didn’t want to appear stupid. Until, of course, a child, in innocence, was not afraid to tell the truth.
Have you ever met someone like the emperor? I certainly have. There have been times when I have thought to myself, ‘doesn’t he/she see that they are not wearing the clothes they think that they are?’ ‘Can’t anyone tell them that they are naked?’ ‘Do I have the courage?’
How about the times that I have worn the ’emperor’s clothes’. Perhaps it’s a good thing, from time to time, to look in the mirror and see ‘what we are wearing.’ And when in doubt….always ask a child.
picture: EwanD (blogs.technet.com)