In Death, There Is Truth.

December 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm (Uncategorized)


Some say that in wine there is truth; in vino veritas- and they naively think that they have come up with an astounding, novel philosophy.

But I say that in death, there is truth. In morte veritas.

Latin is a rich language. Just saying that death is the truth sounds richly sinister. And what of it? What does it amount to, to meet an old woman in your ENT ward, who does not show signs of having ever been in her prime, who begs the doctor- clasps his hand- to not cut her tongue off, when she merely sees a scissor lying on the OPD’s table. She implores her daughter to tell the doctor, in a manner calculated to sting the eyes of a bitter soul, to desist- to desist from cutting her tongue off there and then.

My professor says it is a malignant cancer. A cancer that made her tongue stick to the base of her mouth so that it amalgamated to form one big mass. I hear her pleas– those pleas she could barely express and was struggling to utter.

And then I am reminded that death is true. But my soul does not respond. It does not shiver at the thought- why doesn’t it shiver at the thought? Why do I feel like death is not coming soon; I- an ignorant and mere mortal?

Death is true, death is soon.

”And he to whom We grant long life We reverse in creation; so will they not understand? And We did not give Prophet Muhammad, knowledge of poetry, nor is it befitting for him. It is not but a message and a clear Qur’an

 To warn whoever is alive and justify the word against the disbelievers.”

(From the Qur’an, Surah Ya-Sin, Verses 68-70).

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2 Comments

  1. Syed Bilal Shah (@PaxTolerans) said,

    If we cant understand life, how are we ever to understand death? Death may be the biggest of truths that man has never been able to come at terms with. As in life, hope seems to survive even death.

  2. Miss S. said,

    Ok. There’s another way to look at the phrase. When you’re drunk, you confess the truth.

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