Domestic and international politics have been perverted by lies and deceit. Taking a cue from the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” I offer a simple response in this new PEP Talk: The Emperors Have No Clothes. Like the child in the story, we should tell the truth and hold these emperors accountable.
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Anderson, tells the story of an emperor, his noblemen and the entire city being swindled into believing his birthday suit was the finest of magical clothing – visible only to those who were truly worthy. When an innocent child pointed out that the Emperor had no clothes, everyone finally admitted to the scandal. This is not unlike where we are today!
Too many world leaders do not seem to care about the truth. So, like the child in the story, we need to call out the lies and reveal the immorality of the emperors who rule under a cloak of falsity. How do we do this? By being like little children – clear-eyed, open-hearted, and innocent – free from guile and with simplicity of purpose – telling the truth and exposing these leaders for the frauds they are. With our help, the truth will catch up to the emperors who have no clothes.
This is the fifth in a series of PEP Talks produced for Promoting Enduring Peace, each addressing a different topic in global peace and environmental sustainability. Below are the others:
- Climate Catastrophe Averted – Highlights the global success in healing the ozone hole, and the lessons that experience taught us for dealing with climate change.
- Good News! – The Western Hemisphere is at Peace – Explains the important milestone of the Columbian Peace deal, which ended the long history of warfare in the Americas, giving hope that we can achieve world peace.
- Think Locally, Act Locally! – Tells about local successes in promoting community peace and good will and explores how these contribute to a better world.
- The World is Getting Better – Reminds us of the amazing global progress achieved in reducing mortality and poverty and increasing human thriving, but explains that we should keep raising the bar and not be discouraged at sometimes missing the mark.