New Clothes

Ever have that dream of finding yourself naked in a meeting room full of people? Ever since Adam and Eve discovered fashion – i.e., clothing – it’s so prevalent that it’s a cliché in many cultures. Although in true global sensibility, there are still a people or two left whose nightmare would be getting caught in clothing….

That being said – I’m in the naked dream mode.

Now, what does finding yourself au naturel have to do with self-awareness? You guessed it:  I’m still on that theme….

EVERYTHING!!! Because the most famous expression of that thought was captured by Hans Christian Andersen in his famous story – “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

You all know the narrative – the “magic” thread that could only be seen by those who were worthy or smart; the fear that the Emperor’s advisors had of not seeing the cloth; the fear that the Emperor had; the famous march in the streets where the buck-naked Emperor is finally called to task by a young boy who yells out that the Emperor has no clothes on; the realization by everyone that they had been swindled; and then the grand finale – he either runs back embarrassed or continues walking in state to the procession’s inevitable conclusion.

Listen:

And the crowd was stilled. One elderly man, wondering at the sudden silence, turned to the Child and asked him to repeat what he had said. Wide-eyed, the Child raised his voice and said once again, “Why, the Emperor has no clothes! He is naked!”
The Emperor’s New Clothes

And here is the question – had he truly developed self-awareness at the end – what would, what should he have done?  Continued gamely forward as if all were in order; stopped and acknowledged his foolish appearance, as humiliating as it was; run back in shame to the palace?

What’s your take – how would you end the tale? What would your moral be?

To help you, follow the links below…

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type1620.html#andersen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGDr69VOv6g

By the way – the story exists in one form or another all over the world…

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