I think everyone would know the story of Pinocchio. He is a naughty, pine-wood marionette whose nose will grow every time he tells a lie and it will shrink once he tells the truth. He actually gains wisdom through a series of misadventures which lead him to becoming a real human as reward for his good deeds.
I wonder if the Fairy Godmother casts a spell like Pinocchio on all of us for 24 hours, how the world would be ? How many would actually NOT growing our noses within the 24 hours ? Thinking about it makes me smile.
Every day we have been telling “white” lies. Everyone tells a white lie on occasion, it’s just a question of why.
Most people, even those who insist they would never tell a lie, have told a white lie. White lies are the little, untruthful things we say in an effort to save someone’s feelings, to avoid a trivial but sticky situation, or simply to be polite.
Some white lies save relationships, some ease a hectic situation, and others buy us time. The list could go on forever. Stretching the truth is a natural component of human instinct because it’s the easy way out. We all do it, so there is no reason to deny it. Honestly, I think the world is probably a better place because of our white lies.
As long as we aren’t hurting others or breaking the law, these innocent lies can make life more pleasant.
Does it mean we are a born liar? Not sure of that though. I like the movie Liar Liar. Every one of us can feel the pain when it is so difficult to tell the truth sometimes.
In Malaysia, Hariraya AidilFitri which will be celebrated on this Sunday is a time for forgive and forget. During this celebration, Muslims will greet one another with “maaf zahir dan batin” , which means “Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings)”, because Aidil Fitri is not only for celebrations but also a time for atonement: to ask for forgiveness for sins which we may have committed but was cleansed as a result of the fasting in the month of Ramadan. Usually it is a custom for the young ones to kiss the hands of the elders in the family when they ask for forgiveness.
So every year, this is a good time to ask our friends, families, to forgive all our white lies. Good isn’t it? The youngster will say “okay, now we zero-zero” which means that they are now starting from zero until the next Hariraya.
So for all Muslims, I wish you Selamat Hariraya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin. Zero-Zero !