The Emperor Has no Clothes

There was a story by Hans Christian Andersen about a powerful and vain emperor who the people feared. He had hired what he thought were the two best weavers of his time to fabricate an ornate suite that would distinguish himself from his people. The dishonest weavers convinced the emperor that they had fabricated a suit that was invisible and light to him, but would be seen by others as a magnificent suit of clothing, establishing his superiority. The weavers even pretended to clothe the king with this special clothing that they said was to be only worn by deity. The King’s escorts were either too fearful or embarrassed to tell the king when he appeared naked. It was appropriate and expected, that his people would prostrate before the king as the procession past them; but for many, the prostration may have been a blessing to prevent the king from seeing their snicker, or their expressions of embarrassment.

The scenario of embarrassment continued on the rock-paved road until the procession stopped at the curved road, when an innocent child shouted to his mother that the king had no clothes on. The king who heard the child realized that he had no clothes on; he had literally exposed his humanness to his people. His arrogant plan of impressing his people of his aristocracy had taken an opposite affect.

I believe this story was written by the author to impress on the audience of the equality of all mankind. Throughout history, people were led to believe that their king, emperor, or ruler was deity, thus commanding respect and loyalty. In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki) is the following verse:

All human bodies are things lent by God.

What thoughts are you using them? 3-41

No matter what our profession, gender, race, and religion, we are all equal in the eyes of God. It is only our thoughts and actions that are important to God. It is the thoughts of helping others that God places in esteem.

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About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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