Do you know the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? The Emperor is very vain and could not resist when a dishonest salesman offers him some unique clothing. It is unique because it is made from fabric that can only be seen by very wise people; to others, it is invisible. The Emperor cannot see it, but does not want admit to any lack of wisdom. Of course, all his staff take the same view and soon the news of the Emperor’s new clothes spreads across the land. The Emperor is wearing his new clothes at every opportunity – i.e. he is wandering around naked. Nobody says anything until, one day, a young boy, exhibiting the clear honesty that comes with youth, in a crowd calls out “Why is the Emperor naked?” The moral of the story is clear enough: be true to yourself and do not just accept other people’s ideas and opinions.
Not so long ago, I came across this kind of situation in real life … Read the rest of this entry »