From Peter at Embrace Serendipity, the truth about lies –

Embrace Serendipity

‘The Truth Coming Out of the Well’, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.

“According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous 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…

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3 thoughts on “Truth

  1. Recent times have shaken my certainty that fact always win a from fiction and lies. I have far more comprehension now how people have been swindled for years, decades and even centuries. All it takes is a compelling and repeated lie.

    The triumph of science over the religious narrative during the enlightenment is far more exceptional than I ever realized. Galileo really was a revolutionary (the term was probably named after him…) and a very courageous man. Not just the stubborn and convinced scientist I took him for.

    Time for the new scientific hero to inspire us all.

    • I wonder whether what people want in this day and age is inspiration? Both here in the U.S. where “freedom” seems to be the clarion call for any and all events and around the world in all the places where sound science and social distancing are being challenged in the battle against COVID it seems that humankind wants to be free to do whatever the heck it wants to do regardless of the outcome. In that atmosphere the idea that someone else will have an idea that is worth being “inspired” by seems ludicrous. The few may, but not the masses. IMHO.

      • The idea that such groups that want to be free at the expense of their ‘neighbors’ and even their own communities, is the ludicrous one. Their idea that science is a belief system that can be ignored if we don’t like the facts is equally dumb.

        The idea that would no longer be be inspired by rational thinkers and people that are willing to point us in a new direction is not just cynical, it’s very sad.

        We are humans inspired by humans. Entire religions are founded that. Even in this cynical age, people are inspired by the heroes of our day. An entire generation of earth-aware people are inspired by a 16 year old. Our history is written by such individuals.

        Ludicrous or cynical. A choice, IMHO.

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