A parable for our time:
If your ego can't handle the truth without "shading", your ego is out of whack. And if your "courtiers" are afraid to tell you the truth, you have hired the wrong people or given them the wrong message.
And another little story that might make you think about how naked we might be without a strong carrier force.
Yes, it's an ad for the A-6. There are lessons here, though.