"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."
These are the famous words of John Donne, which passage was taken from his Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions 1624 Meditation 17; although originally written as prose were later made into a poem "for whom the bell tolls!" This is one of my most favorite writings of all times as it asks a soul-searching question which "our mad rush to nowhere" has never allowed us to answer ever since! Who is the "thee" referred to in the closing lines above? It is you, me, a relative, a friend, a family member and sometimes a total stranger! The same goes for an open casket - for whom is for instance, the above casket door open? It is open for you, me, a relative, a family member and sometimes a total stranger! The above two examples affirm one thing and one thing only, - that we are all in this together; just passing through!
Afraid? You shouldn't be, as death is the only certainty in an uncertain world! Why do men still fear death, the great equaliser? Ajanaku! It, that takes one when life is supposedly sweetest! The humbler of all humanity! The thief who steals whenever it pleases - in daylight or nighttime! What name has not been used to described this end of all beginnings? Yet men fear thee! Why? Poet MJA once wrote, "Death, thank you for killing mankind otherwise life as we know it, will be really too unfair!" Can you imagine if death has a price and some people can pay that price? Can you imagine if death can be bribed and some people can bribe Mr. Death? How unlivable and hellish life would be for some very unfortunate ones who would be the butt of the death insured fellows? Death, life will be incomplete without thou! Isn't it beautiful that such a leveller exists? Have you ever for once stopped in your tracks amidst all your running around to ponder, where, when and/or how your ultimate end will come? Is the fact that you are oblivious of the time, place and manner of its coming not enough to turn you into a new leaf today and for the better? If you do not have any control over it, why then do you think you really matter so much? Introspectively everyone is really a nobody and this should be the beginning of our wisdom on earth. Take a second to try and remember all those you know who have departed? The number is rather mind-boggling because they are too many of them who have moved on. As at the last count this blogger counted one thousand five hundred transited people since last July 2007 who this blogger remembers. Where are all these people today? They are all dead and gone forever, but to where?