Yearning for Life

Lately I’ve been thinking about how things left by themselves just get worse on their own accord, they rarely get better. Leave a house on its own for some years and you’ll come back to see weeds growing through its walls and its roof, the building leaning over and about to collapse. You won’t see a shining, stately structure awaiting your arrival, no. If you leave a nation and its peoples without any supervision or control, just watch out, things will get worse. People will start dumping refuse in the streets, robbing one another and taking advantage of one another. Treating justice as a luxury they can all afford to ignore. (See this article on a real life scenario in a city where the police went on strike!). Why do people, and the things we create, tend to destruction? For us it takes work to make things improve, but when left on their own they die. Why? Why is it not the other way round? If the universe formed of its own accord, wouldn’t it have been better for the sustenance of the species it created if things were different? Why do we self-destruct?

But we see glimpses of life around us. The cheetah runs across the burning plain and captures her prey. She bears and raises cubs. All the necessary fittings for life are within her, and none of them are of her own making – an agile body, responsive instincts and so on – everything needed for self sustenance, inbuilt. So this type of life taunts us. Somewhere in the mess of all the decaying things I talked of, is raw life a creature solidly perpetuating itself. But the story would end in death if not for the bearing of cubs who will replace her, for she is just a glimpse. For a moment such raw, spontaneous life appears to defy the logic “everything dies”, but our hope crumbles when it dies too. It is life, there and yet not there, teasing, swaying, winking at us with eyes full of possibility. The mango tree grows, it spreads out its branches, and reaches to the sun. It drops seeds that will replace it, then it falls and fades away. Strange. Drops of hope on a black canvas.

It is life, there and yet not there

Now to Christians (No I’m not excluding you if you’re not a christian, but christians are better suited to understand this): Do you still have desires to sin? Yes. But more importantly, you now have a desire to do right. Not merely because of the benefits you foresee from doing right, but because part of you now wants to do right. Instead of a creature that leans towards evil (as explained in the first paragraph), deep inside you, you now have an inclination towards good. A truly new thing. One that instinctively improves other things rather than causing destruction. A creature that is truly good from the inside.

Stay on, this thought flow isn’t over. More will be posted soon.


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