A Sanskrit saying “Maranadvaram Vyadhih” gives the meaning, “Disease is better than Death.” If you probe into the truth of this saying, you can find out the reality. Death puts an end to every hope. But with disease there is still hope of some cure in some way. There is also a similar saying which means, “A doubtful situation is preferable to an ascertained failure.
Be clear about doubt
Doubt is an essential element to reach clarity. It kindles curiosity. It may be the first step to discoveries and inventions. It brings good results if handled carefully. It is the hidden element of success.
Doubt is a status between belief and disbelief. It involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of sureness of an alleged fact, an action, a motive, or a decision. It brings into question some notion of a perceived “reality”, and it may sometimes involve delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concerns for mistakes or faults or suitability. Some define doubt as a state in which the mind remains suspended between two contradictory propositions and is unable to accept either of them.
Two possibilities of action
Doubt leads to action or inaction. If it leads to action and is positive it is OK. But if it leads to inaction and failure, it is worse. Doubt most of the time tends to call on reason. It may encourage people to hesitate before acting rashly, or applying more rigorous methods.
Avoid clear failure
If you find yourself, literally or figuratively, not strong enough to confront, avoid direct conflict that will result in total defeat. Sit and plan well to meet the situation without any doubt.
Benefits of doubt
Doubts positively lead to victory or success. There should always be room for the benefit of doubt. A doubtful situation is better than a definite defeat. A stalemate should be better than a checkmate in chess. You may get another chance to prove your merit and keep your face, if you avoid situation of total defeat.
It is better to be sick than to be dead. With illness, you have still hope for a cure, but with death it is all over.