Everyone among us is displaced by this minute pathogen. As we have become azad kaidis (free prinsoners) of our own homes, maybe it is time to ponder on some home truths about humanity. Humans are fascinated by the truth. We enjoy all its flavors and may live our entire life without asking the famous question posed by Pontius Pilate to Jesus: what is truth?
The silence of Jesus to this question can be linked to the silence of Buddha where silence itself does the answering. Although this silence is disturbing, it has a (dis)articulative power. This is how truth has a way of distancing from all established opinions and positions.
Truth is not faithful to us and our structures as well as institutions. It has a way of turning around all that we hold as sacred and beyond question. It is faithful to inconsistency. It is a censura. It cuts us away from the shadows of habitual comforts of everyday life. It acts as a censor. It challenges our assumptions and presuppositions about life and opens new vistas to see the world again.
When faced with the truth of our life, we feel challenged and all that we thought was solid melts in the air. Truth gives us a new insight that subjects us and we become subjects of the true living out our fidelity to that truth.
While truth has fidelity to inconsistency, humans have a need for consistency and logicality. We like to assign things to its place. Our society enjoys its patriarchy, casteism, corruption and every form of status quo. We signify a meaning, inscribe order, morality, and happiness into it. This is why disruption that rocks our boat increases the decimals of anxiety, anger, and violence.
oday we are faced with a disobedient virus. Like every pathogen, this virus does not follow our Lakhsman Rekha. It breaks all political, ideological, religious, caste, racial as well as geographical boundaries. It breaks all human barriers. Indeed, this virus has lessons about truth and what it does and what we do with it. It has a disruptive character and is bringing a new insight into the truth of our life.
Inconsistency with our everyday life has disrupted our life. We are indeed facing the truth of our life. We do not appreciate this habit of fidelity to inconsistency that truth manifests. It literally upsets our life and we feel exiled and lost in front of this truth. Maybe we have to ask: why are we not ready to embrace the fact that the truth of a situation is in its inconsistency? The inconsistency that is let loose by the corona moment of humanity is summoning us to the truth that has a habit of being always inconsistent with the established order.
Truth does not rely on consistency but inconsistency.
There are several inconsistent lessons that are exploding from this corona moment of humanity. Let us, for now, delve on the inconsistency of truth and think about other lessons later. Truth has fidelity to inconsistency. This literally means truth is illogical. The illogicality of truth can make it inconsistent with our established institutions, beliefs, positions, assumptions and views.