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The Indubitable, Irrefragable, Undeniable Truth

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

The reason why look for truth is because we think it exists. It’s a belief as fragile as any other. The following story, however, shows us a situation where truth is beyond dispute.

Noticing that his favourite gems are missing, the sultan gets angry and tells one of his wives:

“I will repudiate you if you do not tell me the truth. Did you steal my gemstones?”

The woman looks him straight in the eyes, and answers unflinchingly:

“I stole. I stole not.”

The sultan ponders for a second. He realises that his wife has told him the truth. He calms down and walks away.

Jean-Claude Carrière

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