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Stop the Madness - A Rallying Cry

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Stop the Madness - A Rallying Cry

You know the classic tale. A child becomes the voice of reason in the face of the numbly blind crowd.   

“But, he isn’t wearing any clothes at all!”  

His own father dismisses the child’s common sense as childish prattle, but the words he spoke start to be passed up and down through the crowd. Eventually, the people of the kingdom take up the cry of the boy,   

“He isn’t wearing any clothes at all!” 

It’s the classic Hans Christen Anderson story that tells of a team of charlatans who sash shay into a kingdom selling a remarkable fabric no one can see. No one can see the fabric because it doesn’t exist, but the crooks are so good at describing it that the vast majority of people start to claim they have seen it too. After all, the hucksters have told everyone that only the stupid and dim-witted cannot see it. No one wants to fail that intelligence test so the eyewitness accounts of the wondrous fabric spread through the land. Embracing the mass hysteria, the king stands in front of a mirror buck-naked and pretends he can see the clothing he commanded the faux-artisans to create.  

It’s only a story for children. Such mass hysteria could never happen in real life, right?   

Giddy with the power they have gained, the nefarious tailors encourage the king to walk the streets to show off his new clothes. Like a lamb to the slaughter, the king agrees and the people of the kingdom line the streets to praise his fashion savvy. Until, finally, the voice of reason steps up via the mouth of a child,  

“But, he isn’t wearing any clothes at all!”  

The king is exposed as being the greatest fool of all, standing in the street in front of the entire kingdom, with all of his flesh exposed. The boy’s single pure voice awoke others to the realization that they had allowed a micro-minority to convince them to support a total falsehood. The only thing that had been fabricated was a lie, a Big, Fat, Lie.   

Such mass hysteria could never happen in real life, right? Or could it? Has it? Do you see the exquisite fabric or the naked truth? Do you have the courage to say what you see?   

Here’s what we see. We see a micro-minority running slip-shod over common sense. We see the solid long-established social mores of a god-fearing country being vilified by those same voices. They have done such an exquisite job of weaving their mistruths. Not with bold declarations at first, that would have been too jarring. They came in with purring voices and whispered insinuations. Only the dim-witted would disagree.   

Call us insane. Dismiss our words as the aimless prattles of children, but forgive us, they are selling us a pack of lies! That is the naked truth. Can we please stop the madness? It’s not okay. Bring back common sense. Enough is enough.

Will you join us in our cry? Our families, our very nation, depend on it.    

Last modified on Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:49
Teresa Clark

A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.

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