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Years ago the Emperor of China had a famous orchestra.

One particular member of the group did not have any real musical talent but had simply weaseled his way into as a member. During the concerts he would always pretend to play but loved the attention and the money he was paid.

One day the Emperor had a idea. He wanted to have each member of the Orchestra play him a special solo performance. The man whose life was only pretend realized he couldn’t escape having to admit his lie and ended up committing suicide.

This event coined the phrase we still use today of being unwilling to ‘face the music’.