I’ve been an avid reader of books, comics and ‘watcher’ of cartoons for as long as I can remember
And from my large collection,
The emperors’ new clothes is one of my ultimate fairytales of all time
They don’t come like that no more
Let me fill you in just in case you didn’t get to read this one
There’s this super wealthy emperor in the story that had a thing for new clothes
Problem is, he tired of them really fast so he always had his tailors in a frenzy
They had to have something new when he called
So along comes this guy who says he has this one of a kind fabric that only the really intelligent and wise guys can see
The emperor is impressed and asks him to make him his new clothes
He takes up the measurements and sets off cutting and stitching…
The only hitch is, no one can see the fabric…not even the emperor
But since no one wants to admit he’s not “really intelligent and wise” everyone pretends that they like it
Flash forward and the clothes have been made, the guy is paid and the emperor calls for a parade to show off his new clothes
So he walks before his subjects with his head held high…knowing that he is butt naked but still waking because he’s managed to convince himself
That he’s wise and intelligent enough to see the fabric…to see his clothes
No one dares speak up either because this is the emperor…
Speaking up will be equal to saying he’s a fool and no one wants to be the one to call it as it is
No one…except this little boy who blurts out “…but the emperor has no clothes on!”
That’s when it hits him that he’s walking naked
He runs into his carriage and back to his palace where he order’s that the tailor be found
Of course by then, he’s long gone
So what am I getting at?
Like the emperor, we all have friends
Question is are they the kind that will tell us the truth no matter how much we don’t want to see it
Because in the end they’re only interest is to protect us from making fools out of ourselves…
Who’ll tell us the truth even when we’ve convinced ourselves otherwise?
Or are they like the officials, friends and subjects of the emperor
Who’ll let you walk naked before everyone because they were afraid that telling you the truth
Would make them foolish in your eyes…will make you angry?
I don’t know about you but I rather get pissed off for a while
Than bear the humiliation of walking naked in front of everyone
Think about it…what friends do you keep…what friends you have?
I would hate to be called to reality by a little boy’s voice, instead of that of a friend
You may just be walking naked right now as they cheer and congratulate you on the ‘new clothes’ you have…
Think about it.
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There are quite a number of friendships recorded in the bible. Esther and Mordecai, David and Jonathan, even Christ and his disciples were friends too. Just imagine what would have happened if these friends didn’t trust each other enough to tell each other the truth. Esther would hae buckled and her race destroyed, David would have been killed by Saul and the disciples wouldn’t have learnt how to stand in faith if Christ hadn’t rebuked them here and there. We all need friends…real friends.Who will tell us the truth abou ourselves in love even ehen we don’t want to hear it. If the emperor had just one true friend, he wouldn’t have made a fool of himself that way…and paid for it too. Choose your friends wisely,be a good friend yourself lest we walk naked only to be told so by complete strangers. Suffering embarassment and hurt that shouldn’t have been.