That phrase, “bending the truth,” seems to carry quite a negative connotation. In the modern era of spin sensitivity and greater awareness of persuasion in action, one who “bends the truth” is often considered guilty of some transgression. Usually it involves some type of manipulation of language, taking words at their absolute face value and ignoring the common meaning. Like the teenager who confidently and truthfully tells his parents “I was home before midnight!”, because technically speaking, 12:15 a.m. is a full twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes before midnight.
But what would happen if we could take a different appreciation for “bending?” Let’s stop for just a moment to appreciate all of those philosophers and thinkers whose “bending” of known truths exposed an even greater underlying truth. (And maybe underlying carries the wrong sort of connotation as well…)