Thursday, September 01, 2005

On Death

Osho once said, 'Death is the most mysterious and interesting thing on earth simply because it's uncertain and certain at the same time. It's certain that one day it will come. But it's uncertain when it comes.'

Death and deprivation are a part of life whether they happen through the hurricane, katrina in America or they attack in the form of stampede in bagdad. A soldier who shoots himself dead in Delhi, unable to bear the stress of work, civilians who jump off burning buildings 280 floors below to their death, policemen who are bumped off by insurgents in the jungles of south India, kids who're blown to shreds by land mines in Africa, or school children taken hostage and killed in Moscow--- whereever death strikes, it takes a human life. It doesn't know politics, it doesn't care for the right and wrong, it knows no religion, race, caste or creed. It's a great leveller. When it takes leave, it allows us to debate the right and wrong, to decide on which side of the fence we are.

For me human life and dignity comes first--patriotism and heroism are somewhere down the line. If my best friend murders someone i won't support him. And if someone i don't agree with does a good act, i will applaud him. And i think we all do it. Or do we?


  1. There is so much crap going on in the world rightnow.

    I read online somewhere that people were getting raped in Louisiana with all the riots.

    How inhumane.


  2. Jen,
    The media highlights only the inhuman acts, not the sacrifices and courage of individuals in such situations. When tsunami struck in south india, there were some who lost their lives trying to save others. We hardly get to know such things.
    After every dark night there's a dawn. We all are moving towards that dawn, I believe.

  3. Right thinking!. Ponder over this..what if we knew the exact date and time when we would die?. Will life be all that interesting anymore?. Life thrives on uncertainity and we should be thankful its that way.