This was written by Liana Allison, and came through on my feed. I liked it so much, I have reposted it here.
“This is a really pointed story about how we are in the world and society in regards to hiding our truth and putting up our protective facades.
Society is so full of judgments that we have hidden our truth, our authentic self, in fear of being judged and rejected.
This malaise has to stop for us to be truly free. I have seen the people I coach setting themselves free and it inspires me to keep offering my services to our community of aspiring women leaders.
According to a 19th-century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvelous 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 and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.”
The world famous painting- “The Truth coming out of the well” Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.