Bitter Truth VS Sweet Lies
Once upon a time, there lived a man who loved his wife very much. He loved her so much that he could not ever imagine breaking her heart. One day, his wife came up to him and asked, “I need you to tell me honestly, do you think I am getting fat?”
Sure, his beautiful wife has gained a few pounds but he knew she was not going to like it. So instead of telling her the truth, the man lied.
“No darling, you have not gained a single ounce! You are as slim as ever. I am amazed you even asked such an irrational question!” Satisfied with his answer, the wife happily went away.
A few days passed and his wife approached him again. “Tell me honestly. Do you think I am going bald? I have been losing so much hair lately!” Sure, the hair of his lovely wife was thinning but to him, she looked as beautiful as ever.
He didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth so he simply said, “My darling wife, I don’t know what’s gotten into you! Your hair is as thick and long as ever. In fact, you have the most beautiful hair in the world!” The woman believed him and was relieved to know that she was not going bald.
Again, a few days passed and his wife asked him, “Please tell me honestly, do you think my clear skin is filling up with hideous marks, spots and pustules?” Sure, the man has noticed the appearance of the “hideous marks” that his wife was talking about but how could he admit that and break her heart?
So he decided to lie again, “Beloved, you are probably looking too closely at your face because honestly, I don’t see any marks or pustules. Your skin looks as healthy and clear as ever!” Reassured by her husband, the woman paid no heed to the obvious problems.
Soon the matter got out of hand. His once beautiful wife turned so fat, she couldn’t fit in her clothes anymore. Her hair got so thin that she almost went bald and her skin was covered with pustules. Her health deteriorated and one day the man found her lying unconscious in their garden.
He rushed her to the hospital where, upon inspection, the doctor revealed that the woman was indeed very sick!
He said, “How did you miss out all the telltale signs of her sickness. Gaining unnecessary weight was the first sign of sickness, then loosing hair pointed at how sick she was getting and finally the unhealthy skin was the last cry before her body collapsed!”
The man was ashamed to admit that he had noticed every one of them but he couldn’t bring himself to admit the truth! He wished he had been honest with her when she came to him but it was too late now. His beloved wife had reached this condition only because he was too afraid to tell her the truth!
That day, he learned a valuable lesson.
The truth might be harsh and bitter but it is always better than sweet lies.
So no matter how hard it is, always choose a bitter truth over sweet but deadly lies.
A Selection of Truth Quotes
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~ Mark Twain
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” ~ George Carlin
“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ~ Jess C. Scott
A Selection of Quotes on Lies
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.” ~ S.E. Hinton
“There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.” ~ Ayn Rand
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