As the saying goes by “Honesty is the best policy”. The power of truth can be known from the fact that nobody, not even the greatest liar in the world, has the courage to say that he is telling a lie or that truth is not good. A man who tells a lie is like a criminal who has committed murder and is pleading not guilty even though all the facts, circumstances and evidences point towards the criminal. And the thing which a criminal pleads guilty for a crime which the hardened criminal is pleading not guilty yet it is that criminal who has committed the murder, one must always be truthful and honest no matter how henious the crime is and also avoid lying and being dishonest.
And when the truth is known, that person is terribly upset and highly afraid. An ordinary criminal may be afraid of fine, imprisonment or other punishment. But if the liar i.e the criminal happens to be a well-known popular figure, that person may be afraid of losing his popularity or reputation. In this respect, truth also becomes an acid test for our inner strength or bravery.
Many people may not be afraid of losing their life with a bullet but there must be few who have the courage to face the bullet of truth. A truly brave person sticks to the truth in all the circumstances. But many succumb to pressure or fear of torture or death like a criminal might. Joan of Arc, a young girl of eighteen, who refused to bow before the church and the government and embraced death by being burnt but she stuck to what she believed to be the truth.