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The Emperor's New Clothes and Greta

Updated on October 9, 2019
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

A true leader chooses truth above obedience.

The story of an observer

I have been saddened today by angry outburst of some of my American followers online who showered me with abusive language just because I believe children should be allowed to voice their worries and fears about their future we are building so badly for them and not to be ridiculed for it, especially not by those in power who think they know everything and believe they know what is the best for the next generation. Do they truly? Or they just feel threatened by young children who describe the world as they see it. How do you shut up child who is still innocent enough to call spade spade? By ridiculing her family who raised her? Truly? Maybe those mighty in power feel threatened because by exposing the truth they may loose the power they so desperately cling too. So one innocent child becomes the most fearful enemy they attack shamelessly like she is their political opponent who wants to steal their power in the next election.

When I observe the world around us today it saddens me to see...

The powerful leaders of today shamelessly lying and cheating and swearing so a child can do nothing just look at them with disgust

I like to read a famous fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen about the naked king who paraded in front of his people exposing his fat flesh believing he is dressed in the most amazing finery. His people out fear admired loudly his invisible clothes except one innocent child who screamed loud enough for everyone to hear that king is naked. Everyone expectantly looked at the king, what will he do? If he is a true leader he will smile at the child and acknowledge the truth that would save him another embarrassment and maybe even punish the greedy tailor who persuaded him that imaginary dress he paid so much for is actually just that, imaginary. If he is a tyrant he will ridicule the child maybe even punishes the child and expects nothing but obedience and silence at any cost. ‘The Emperor new clothes’ is the name of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale we read to children in our pre school to teach them about the importance of honesty and truthfulness. Our today leaders walk around naked pretending the climate change does not exist and we can keep polluting our world to no end because mainly them benefit from it financially. Maybe they should spend one day in pre school and hear the Andersen’s fairytale so they can become true leaders to whom our children could look up to with admiration not with disgust and disbelief.

I’m sure you saw Greta Thunberg at the UN General Assembly. Her speech was visceral – it was gut-wrenching.

. It was hard to watch. But it needed to be said.

We’re part of a movement, a movement that is gaining traction and forcing people to listen, to act.

“Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
The tide is turning. I can feel it – and I hope you can too. Multi-million (and billion) dollar businesses are turning their back on the polluting businesses, because people like you are forcing their hand.

It's time we stood up to rightwing bullies and said NO MORE. Let's show our support to all those speaking truth to power. Go Greta go do not let bullies like Trump doesn’t matter how powerful or rich they are to stop you sharing the truth! They can not stop you represent the young and living and they represent the old, polluted cynical world that is dying…

We’re part of a movement, a movement that is gaining traction and forcing people to listen, to act.

“Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

The tide is turning. I can feel it – and I hope you can too. Multi-million (and billion) dollar businesses are turning their back on the polluting businesses, because people like you are forcing their hand.

It's time we stood up to rightwing bullies and said NO MORE. Let's show our support to all those speaking truth to power. Go Greta go do not let bullies like Trump doesn’t matter how powerful or rich they are to stop you sharing the truth! They can not stop you represent the young and living and they represent the old, polluted cynical world that is dying…

One little child, defenseless and without true power or connections or money to back her support and yet SHE CAN STAND TALL AND PROUD because she is OUR FUTURE and our IDEAL. Trump represents decay and corruption and slow and painful death not only of our humanity or our world or our nature but all of us...

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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      6 months ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear fellow hubbers for your heart full and grown up answers, let us together PROTECT OUR CHILDREN and let them feel safe and encouraged to tell the truth about the world they live in. They should be encouraged to to do that and nothing else. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and you all give me HOPE in better world we may one day to live in again....

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      RBJ33 

      6 months ago

      Hi Beata - well written and well said. Just this morning I read a quote by John Cleese - "As I've aged, I've found the world far, far more ridiculous than I used to think."

      Trouble is that apathy rules. We all like to complain and find fault. The cowards among us like to attack people like you because it's safe. Fact is that we find shelter in apathy. My sincerest hope is that at a minimum 85% of eligible voters turn up next November and vote that "Draft Dodging," "Mental Midget," "Snake Oil Salesman" out of office, that is unless he's already removed and in jail.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I read your article with joyful glee! You tell it like it is and I admire your courage. Trump cares nothing about the world. He loves power and money. Hopefully he will go to prison for treason. Children are our future, God grant that we take notice. Thank you for sharing this...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Beata, I was astonished when I heard the ugly things adults in leadership had to say about Greta and her stance. I commend her for speaking up and so eloquently. How dare she be chastised for speaking the truth?! As she said, she shouldn't have to come all the way across the pond, when she should be in school, to try to get grownups to see the truth about what's happening to our planet. And so much of it we can change because we caused it.

      I thought Greta's speech was spot on, heartfelt, brave and very well-spoken. The world should listen and take heed.

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