Friday, July 13, 2012
Written by: ketaki Joshi.
From the time we were born, we have started marching towards our death. We are dying a little every moment and that is just another way of looking at life. I think it’s an optimistic approach. It is also extremely realistic. When and how we die, are matters of uncertainty. But the death in itself is certain for all of us. Such a concrete notion, but it is still the least accepted and most disliked fact.
Would you like to watch a movie which has no end? Would you read a novel which has no climax? Would you like a vacation which goes on forever? Well, that would defeat the very purpose of the vacation. Something that has begun must end, and if it doesn’t, then what is the point in starting it? For everything that we start, there is a hope of completion. Therefore, life and death are two ends of the same string. How on earth can they ever be antonyms? An end denotes a successful process, and still death is considered harmful.
If I jump off a building, it is not the fall that will hurt. It is the abrupt stopping that hurts. That is why all sky divers learn the art of stopping. The minute we jump off a plane we are rapidly moving towards that stop. Once we are out in the open, we have every opportunity to try and learn flying, but still we are not trained to fly. Our every second of the fall is backed with a training of how to eventually land. Now this is where the interesting part starts. Please understand, though we learn how to stop, the by-product is not landing, it is in fact the happiness and excitement of jumping, also to a great extent of flying.
So as we learn the art of dying we are working towards a better end that in turn enhances our lives, exactly like we enjoy the fall. We have to make the fullest of this time that separates birth from death.
Moreover, art of dying keeps us prepared to die any moment. Therefore every activity then, is complete in itself. There is never a feeling of incompleteness.
This is one way that helps us understand how to truly live a complete life. Even if somebody snatches an incomplete sketch from our hand it MUST still look complete at any given point of time.
Please Note: These thoughts are expressed by Ketaki Joshi, a resident of India, who loves blogging. Have a good day.!