Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dirty Truth

We all know the story from midrash that goes:

Hashem decided to create man and asked His minsters, Peace, Kindness and Truth what they thought.

Peace and Truth thought it was a bad idea. One said it would bring war and the other said man would bring falsehood.  Kindness was pro-man. He said man would do such acts of kindness that it would be worth it.

So, Hashem throws Truth down to the ground and proceeds to create Man.

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This makes me wonder: Is Truth dirty now?

Is it something people don't really want to see? And when you do bring it out people don't even like it?

Does Truth have to be coated with a bit of lying in order to be swallowed? Sort of like a raw nerd. He has knowledge, but its suave and so people dislike him.  Only when he figures out how to have a "coat of suaveness"  (as in "..sheker hachein" from Mishlei) only then are people duly impressed with him and his knowledge?

And if Truth was thrusted to the ground, is it like ore? Ores need to be chipped away until the real precious metal is able to be taken.  Would precious metals represent Truth in the physical world?

Inquiring minds want to know!


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