My Name is Death and I am necessary
Arthur Conan Doyle speaking through his fictional giant Mycroft Holmes put forth the following words; “EVERYBODY DIES, IT IS THE ONE THING HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE RELIED TO DO, HOW CAN IT STILL COME AS A SURPRISE TO PEOPLE”.
Owoniyi Adedoyin says “If there was ever any evil which was necessary for life, its name is DEATH” .
In our core are we not all humans? When the veneer is wiped away, when the skins are burnt up in the fire, when the skin is punctured, isn’t our blood all red like our fellow man? Colour, gender, fame, class, intellect, whatsoever it may be, from the least of us to the very greatest of those who are at the helm of affairs, we are humans and shame waits in the aisle; as unto the lannister for anyone who believes he’s better than another. For Ernest Hemingway says and I quote that “there is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being better than your former self”
You are human, in love, in denial, in agony, having many fears, many failed relationships, many successes in career, terrible addictions to something or someone for whatever selfish/selfless reasons you have, really all these are necessary to make us human and therefore humans have being given one grand task which many have failed at achieving; LIVING.
You must live because whether you’re too scared to live or even find it difficult to get your way around it, after sometime you must leave. Living and Leaving are shrouded as Earth and Death. These power couple have been responsible for the continued existence of our not so endangered species, so girl if you respect life, you must respect her lover death.
Permit me to quote my favorite words from Arthur Conan Doyle through Sherlock Holmes
“Taking your own life? Interesting expression
Taking it from whom? Once it is over, it isn’t you that’s going to miss it.
Your own death is something that happens to everyone else.
Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it”
There is a necessary evil and his name is death. Even the scripture says “Except a corn of wheat falls to the ground and die, it abides alone, but when it dies, it brings forth much fruit”. Despite being the common factor to all things bright and beautiful, when it does occur, there is a certain inevitability about the tears and breakdown of those still living because death is an event that happens to others who are still living. When I was little, we had a little poem we used to recite, “when a baby is born, he cries and the whole world rejoices, when the man dies, he rejoices and the whole world mourns” This is a great divide, despite the amount of pains we all have to endure while we live, when one person finally gets to escape that, we mourn them. WHY? Are we self-centered or to loving. We have built such relationships and won’t let them go, not yet.
I don’t know how many people have left this planet for the grave, but their death is necessary in the long term even if not pleasant in the short term. This is a painful truth and hence there’s a tussle right now to find the magical fountain of youth and a cure to death, Immortality. I hope humans never find that. However the circumstances in which people pass on really aggravate persons while they question the necessity of death, some years back now, my aunt got knocked down by a truck with only one front light instead of two, I still get very angry today when I see any of those trucks because it could happen to someone else. However we must come to the conclusion that death of the living is necessary for the continuing of the living and hence stick together for the period we have ourselves, for as a Nerd once said “when the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives”.
Therefore, in this time of need, we must stand up for one another, we must stick together, nation to nation, with water levels rising all across the world and lives being lost there is a message to be internalised; If you’ve had a share of life, you must eventually become dust because of the duality of life and death. We must pave the way for the next set of pacesetters, your clock is ticking, Arise, Live, Impact, Impact posterity after you.
APPRECIATION: Thank you for taking out time to go through my musings. I hope it causes a stir in the right direction and may Jesus receive you no matter how far away you have travelled.
Originally scripted: 05/08/2017
Original Author: Owoniyi Adedoyin Jesufusho
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