Friday, August 24, 2012

The Real Truth

The article about Lance Armstrong and drug testing brought to mind the story of Sita's Agnipariskha in the Ramayan. The truth about a person and process of establishing it beyond reasonable has not changed that much in several thousand years. The irony of the Armstrong situation is that the "punishment" will neither condemn nor vindicate him "beyond reasonable doubt". 

The denouement leaves things in suspended animation just as they had been before. New questions will come to fill the void of the ones so dis-satisfactorily answered - experts don't agree on what Sita's Agnipariksha established or implied. The narratives on the Armstrong story are not uniform either.

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