You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?
When you have been deprived of the truth in certain stages of your life, especially when growing up, the truth becomes paramount. No matter what has happened, how bad, or how tragic, if you have the truth you can learn to heal and deal, but if you’ve got a shed load of lies you’ll be spinning in circles indefinitely and there is no evolution, only devolution. So to me, the truth is about as hard-hitting as it can get.
I thought about whether I should go ahead and complete this task because it wont be my usual sci-fi slightly tongue in cheek approach, because to me, there are truths I’ve been desperate for all my life, that go right back to the point of my mother’s last words to me, ‘there’s something I’ve got to tell you about your father.’ And that was it, no answer ever came. Then I wondered whether it was my mother I should be asking and not my father.
My mother died when I was 21. She was my world and everything I wanted to grow up to be like. My father was the antithesis, a sociopathic criminal who has enough power to persuade himself and idiots in power, that he’s just like one of the characters in a Jeffrey Archer novel. Lies are his world. He lies for no reason whatsoever. If you asked him what he had for breakfast and he had kippers, he’d say bacon, and he’d believe it, because in his mind, when he tells a lie, it is his truth.
If I could inject him with a truth serum these are the questions I’d ask him… bearing in mind there ain’t no way in hell this man would ever allow me to inject him – he’d be convinced I’d be doing a Litvinenko and offing him!
1. When you had a beautiful and compassionate woman who worshipped you, why did you beat her?
2. Why wasn’t the love of a true woman ever enough for you? Why did you repeatedly cheat on her?
3. Why did you beat a child who could never defend themselves?
4. Why didn’t you ever take the time to realise that this small person could have been your greatest fan and greatest friend?
5. Why did you think it was humanly acceptable to defraud a nation from millions of dollars in international aid?
6. Why or why the hell did you sell arms to Saddam?
7. Do you really believe in God?
8. Do you fear the repercussions of the choices you’ve made in your life, for the lives you have destroyed and damaged?
9. If you could have a redo, what would you go back and change in your life? What decisions would you undo?
10. Why were you never sorry?