The Feather of Truth

In ancient Egypt, for the dead to reach eternity, they would have to pass judgment by reciting the 42 Negative Confessions ("I have not done"…), making sure they were no wrong doers.

However, to keep them honest, Anubis would bring their heart to Osiris, where it was weighted in a golden balance against the feather of truth: The heart had to be even or lighter, and the measure was recorded by Thoth, Patron of the scribes.

Three of the negative confessions got my attention:

  1. I have not shut my ears to the words of truth (e.g., climate change deniers, anti-evolutionists).

  2. I have not stopped the flow of water (e.g., “development” projects, dams, mining).

  3. I have not snatched away the bread of the child (politicians who steal public funds)

If you were to pass tomorrow, will your heart be lighter than a feather?

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