Truthfulness is the greatest and most important of all human virtues. Truthfulness means to speak the truth habitually. A truthful man will never tell a lie. He always says what he means. He acts as he says.
Truthfulness is a great virtue, and a great voice. A liar is hated by all. Nobody believes him/her. He may gain success for a short time but in the long run he is bound to suffer. Nobody helps a liar. Nobody gives him any responsible work.
The story of a Truthful Woodcutter gives us a good example of the importance of being truthful in everything. One day a wood cutter’s axe accidentally fell into a river. The poor wood cutter searched for it in vain.
Finally he burst into tears. Hearing his sobs, an Angel appeared before him. The Angel dived into the river and came up carrying a golden axe. The wood cutter did not accept it. He stated that his axe was made of iron.
The Angel disappeared and soon returned with a silver axe. The wood cutter again denied that it was his axe. The Angel once again plunged into the river and soon reappeared carrying the axe of the wood cutter. The poor man greeted the angel with words of profuse thanks and great joy.
The Angel was impressed by the man’s honesty. She presented him with the golden and silver axes in recognition of his truthful nature.
Moral of the story: Truthfulness brings its own reward.
Compiled by Nema Tesi Murerwa, a 12 year old pupil at Ecole George Fox de Kagarama School