24 Oct 2018 05:49am IST
Joseph Lewis D’Silva
As soon as we are born, we are actually moving towards death. This is not a grim thought, it is a fact. The baby grows up and becomes a part in the lives of people who raise, educate and influence it.
We are born, we die, and between these two major events, life happens: some are crazy and greedy about money; others are fanatical about power or pleasures of life. We play our part of struggle, for gainful existence; conquer suffering or succumb to them. As years slip by and age advances, we show signs of old age with our steps becoming slower; and health needing medication. Yes our life is like the river; endlessly moving on, ever seeking, exploring, pushing, overflowing its banks, penetrating every crevice with its water.
The human body cannot go on forever. According to many, ‘death’ is a balancing act of mother earth that pops us up at birth and pulls us back at death, giving place to newer beings. Often, death comes with no time for goodbyes; and, though the sun still rises and sets as it always has; and, fishermen continues their search of fish on boats; and work on earth goes on as usual, changes take place for near and dear ones; their orderly world of customary cycles end forever in the absence of the deceased.
Everyone leaves some memories behind when he dies, as for example: Gurunanak was known for his holy preaching; Bhagat Singh for his sense of righteousness and courage; Mahatma Gandhi for his preaching of Ahimsa; Mother Teresa for her unending selfless help to the poor. Yes, “We live in deeds, not years: in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. ... He most lives in the hearts of men long after one has gone because of his noblest deeds.”
When we die let us not leave behind crimes against women, children and lynching, showing no respect for human life, but holding animals in high esteem and above human beings which is a ridiculous situation. Let us not damage ecology, cut trees in the name of development. This development leap may make nature run amok like an untamed animal as it happened in Kerala. Let politicians not promise development and bring about their self-development. Let them not promise freedom and enslave people. Let them not promise heaven and then take people to hell.
According to the ‘Law of Greatness’ – a man is not great by birth or wealth; His greatness lies in his knowledge and deeds. According to the ‘Law of Weakness & Narrow-Mindedness’ a weak man’s assets are hatred, envy, pride, destructive criticism and loose talk and belief in casteism.
It is said: naked we come and naked we go; let us leave behind only the memory of kind words spoken; and helpful deeds done during our days on Earth. Small, though, they be, they conquer mighty death and stay in the hearts of men: yes, “to live in the hearts of those we love is not to die”. Men come and men go playing their role on the sands of time. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones,” said, Shannon Alder.