Len’s challenge this week compare and contrast. Using prose or poetry, write something brief showing how two things are similar and how they are different. Do not favour either one - just compare and contrast the two items.
I am used as a measure of human nature. I am white to my opposite’s black. I sit at the apex of philosophy, religion and science. I count among my friends such qualities as fidelity, consistency and sincerity. I am more celebrated than any celebrity: far more of you claim knowledge of me than actually know me. I am singular and at my core immutable, but how I am perceived changes according to circumstance. Civilisations have been built in the pursuit of me, and wars have been fought in defence of me. I am that to which you aspire.
I am the truth.
I am also a measure of human nature. I am black to my opposite’s white. I am excoriated by the virtuous and courted by the wicked. I count among my compatriots such qualities as deceit, mendacity and calumny. I am by my nature hidden: those of you who know me will never admit to it. I am legion. Despite all this, I am as necessary as the most virtuous of virtues. I am the grease on the cogs of civilised society. I am one of the first skills you learned, once you had learned to speak. I have promoted your causes and protected you from your failings.
I am lies.