Untold truths are sometimes better left untold

Steve Jobs’ story is incredibly inspiring.

He is one of the most influential figures in the world of technology and design and what he was able to do will be forever respected by aspiring entrepreneurs.

But, while we’re discussing his influence, we sometimes forget to mention his tyrannical mood swings and moments when he was absolutely void of empathy.

Mother Teresa is regarded as one of the greatest symbols of care and love.

But she also has been criticised for providing poor healthcare to patients who went on to die avoidable deaths (and forcefully converting them to Catholicism before they died).

Winston Churchill is regarded by many as one of the greatest leaders of the last century.

He also held what are now extremely outdated views regarding race and has been quoted with statements such as “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”.

These examples give light to an interesting idea on truth.

It is true that we should endeavour to understand the full story behind the people that we hear about and not take overheard tales as verbatim.

However, there is also a lot of hope and inspiration to be found in the grandeur of great stories.

We’re well-aware that Santa Claus isn’t real when we tell our children. But it adds value to their life.

The same can be said about many stories.

We obviously don’t ever want to lie.

But sometimes it’s better not to let the truth get in the way of a good story. It might just change the world.