Lie said to Truth:
“Let’s take a bath together, the well water is very nice.”
The Truth, still suspicious, tested the water and found out it really was nice. Truth and Lies got naked and bathed together in the warm water of the well. Suddenly, the Lie leapt out of the water and fled, wearing the clothes belonging to Truth.
Truth, furious, climbed out of the well to get her clothes back. But the world, upon seeing the naked Truth, looked away, with anger and contempt. Poor Truth returned to the well and disappeared forever, hiding her shame. Since then, Lie runs around the world, dressed as the Truth, and society is very happy…Because the world has no desire to know the naked Truth.
The picture arises from the words of the Greek philosopher Democritus: (ἐτεῇ δὲ οὐδὲν ἴδμεν: ἐν βυθῷ γὰρ ἡ ἀλήθεια) “In reality we know nothing, for the truth is in an buried in a hole”
The nudity of the model may arise from the expression la vérité nue, “the naked truth”.
A more complete version of the story:
The Truth and the Lie meet on the road 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 truly beautiful. They walk together for a while, until they reach a beautiful well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water in the well is very nice, let’s take a swim together!” The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed, is very nice.
They undress and start the bathe. Suddenly, the Lie jumps out of the well, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs off towards a nearby village. The furious Truth leaps out of the well and runs to find the Lie and get her clothes back. The Villagers, seeing the Naked Truth, are horrified and look away with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returned to the well and disappeared, forever hiding her shame.
And since that day, the lie travels the world, clothed as the Truth.
The original ‘Naked Truth and Lie’ story comes from the nineteenth century. Two-hundred years later, in a mixed-up world suffering a centralised production of international news capable of sending us to war or locking ourselves up, the possibility that a group of monied interests could vanquish truth through a composition of lies is very possible. We have ‘Truth‘ stuck in the well decried as a ‘Conspiracy Theorist’, whilst ‘Lie‘ is traveling the world dressed as Truth.
Those that know the truth are shy to voice because they are decried as liars using the new take-down term: ‘Conspiracy Theorist’. Lie has travelled the world so long in Truth‘s garments that everyone has come to believe that it is Truth who is the liar. George Orwell put it this way:
It has become rude to tell the truth. People don’t just ignore the truth, they denounce the truth teller.
I shall add to the story.
Truth realises that Lie has left its garments behind next to the well. Truth knows that she must not be hated. The only way she can be accepted by the village is to be covered in the garb of Lie. To this day, Truth and Lie have been indistinguishable to all except those who have seen them unclothed.
Again: ‘The Truth and the Lie have been indistinguishable except to those who have seen them unclothed. Seek the truth. believe not what you hear. Question all so that you may not be deceived.
In this modern world, Truth has searched and has found that the newspapers and television have been infected almost everyone. But do not forget that truth is not something that can be voted upon. If everyone believes that something is true, it does not make it true. I was sitting in a hostel near Red Square in Moscow, and a young Russian asked me: “Andy. Do you think Armstrong walk on moon?” I said: “Oh. That is difficult. In my country, you get ridiculed if you ask the question.” He said: “Andy. I do not think Armstrong walk on moon.”
If fifty percent of people think Armstrong did not walk on the moon and fifty percent think he did walk on the moon, you cannot say “He half walked on the moon.” He either walked on the moon or he did not.
“One small lie for man. One giant lie for mankind.”
The Institute of Physics says:
Moon fact: With a powerful amateur telescope you can see the Apollo landing sites and, if you look at the photos from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can spot the remnants of the Apollo missions yourself.
So it is likely that it did happen. As a young boy, at the time, we did not doubt it. The problem lies in the fact that people are no longer believing the stories coming from official sources. So the doubt about the moon has more to do with ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ than with Armstrong.