The Parable and The Truth

A rabbi, famed for his learning and wit, was once asked by his students why truth was always illustrated by telling stories.

"That I can best explain through a story," he replied. It was a parable about the Parable itself.

The students listened attentively.

There was a time when Truth went among men anadorned, naked as his name. And whoever saw Truth, turned away, in fear or in shame that nobody wants to welcome him.

So Truth wandered through the lands of the Earth, rebuffed and unwanted. One day, he met Parable strolling along happily in fine and many colored garb.

"Truth, why do you seem so sad?, "asked Parable cheerfully.

"Because I am so old and ugky that all men avoid me."

"Nonsense!" laughed Parable. "That is not why men avoid you. Here, borrow some clothes and see what happens!"

So Truth used some of Parable's lovely garments and go everywhere. Now, he was welcomed and not avoided anymore.

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