TIMID AND TRUTHFUL
Mole had just arrived at Tallspruce. Raven said, "Was there something you wanted to ask?"
Mole cleared his throat and asked, "Should I always tell the truth? Sometimes it does more harm than good."
Raven said, "then it's not the truth."
Mole sighed and was silent.
Owl spoke up and asked, "Then should I lie at such a time?"
Raven said, "Tell the truth."
adapted from Robert Aitken, Zen Master Raven