Explain the quotation: "Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth."

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If a person killed a deer and ate too much of it, he would feel sick and/or sluggish. Anyone who has overeaten knows that bloated feeling, especially after Thanksgiving dinner!

Truth is a good thing, just like deer meat is a good thing for a hungry person. But truth, too, has its negative side effects. When a person is exposed to too much truth, especially considering the age of the person, truth can hurt. Consider the breakup of a long relationship. When the truth is told, "I just don't love you any more", the one hearing the truth is hurt. When a child finds out why they were put up for adoption, they may feel rejection of a horrible kind. Adopted children may fantasize about a parent being too poor to care properly for them, and giving them up to a loving, caring couple. To hear, "I didn't want you" would make you as sick as if you have eaten the whole Thanksgiving turkey by yourself. Trying to continue living a normal life after that would take a lot of effort after that kind of rejection.

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