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On A Beautiful Lie & A Painful Truth

People, despite knowing that they are mortal, behave as if they will live forever… they, seemingly, do so due to the fear of death. The grief pertaining to death is not the same for all, either; while some always remember a particular death, others tend to forget the same. The sense of life, too, is different for each and every person. Basically, people are alone in this world, as loneliness is their only partner. It is seen that children, usually, play with their friends, while the younger generation keep themselves busy in enjoying their lives in their own ways. Later, people try to secure their places in others’ minds through various institutions, like marriage, family, society, religious organisations, etc. In actuality, everybody tries to find her/his own existence in this universe. Once, British-Zimbabwean novelist Doris May Lessing (October 22, 1919 – November 17, 2013) said that both Death and Fear were important, as these two were the main driving force of human activities. One has to stay away from these two for her/his survival, and it is a well-planned process. As death is extremely mysterious, it has always been the subject of research.

Doris May Lessing

Often, human beings become overwhelmed with happiness, and again are seen wiping their tears after getting shocked. Only the near and dear ones are seen to carry the grief of the death of their beloved persons, and feel the pain of separation lifelong. To live with the memory of a deceased person is very personal. Some fond memories of the past, no matter how subtle, often come to human minds, like a flashback in movies. The existence of a deceased person is felt in objects used by her/him.

Remembering his beloved parents, Rodrigo Garcia has mentioned in his publication ‘A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: A Son’s Memoir of Gabriel Garcίa Marquez and Mercedes Barcha‘: “The echo remains. I think of my father every morning when I dry my back with a towel the way he taught me after seeing me struggling with it at the age of six… I remember my mother each time I walk a guest to the front door when they’re leaving, because not to do so would be inexcusable, and whenever I pour olive oil on anything.

Rodrigo Garcia

The question arises here is: Whether human minds were prepared for losing their near and dear ones during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In fact, their passing away was initially unimaginable. Hence, the separation has left an impact on human consciousness due to the intensity of mourning. It has also made one emotional, prompting the person to start living with memory. At the end of rituals related to a death, mourning becomes a personal affair. It also becomes difficult for a person to get respite from this, as one continues to receive messages of condolence, with others relentlessly trying to heal her/his wounds.

In this situation, a battle goes on in the human mind, and one even cannot find time for intra-actions! Finally, the person gets an opportunity to interact with her/his own self, and realises that s/he would have to collect material for own survival from her/his self before leaving this world forever. This, too, is probably a wailing before death.

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