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A new lease of life
P P Wangchuk, Hindustan Times
December 24, 2012
First Published: 23:31 IST(24/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:35 IST(24/12/2012)

Now that we have survived to celebrate Christmas despite the doomsday prophecies of the Mayans, it is necessary to be told that it is time to celebrate life because the collective human will to continue living  has triumphed over the celestial ‘schemes’ to give an abrupt end  to our lives and the lovely earth  we live on!

 

Agreed, nobody takes such ‘doomsday warnings’ seriously these days; and yet it will be interesting to know what goes behind such prophecies of apocalypse. It is after all not based on somebody’s whims and fancies but on “serious celestial readings” of a certain community. But the fact that we have been having  this kind of ‘forebodings’ quite often in the past, and have come out gloriously unscathed, has  made people take it now as mere ‘entertainment’ and just as  a study that has gone wildly bizarre.

We have lived millions of years; and, according to the Hindu calendar, shall continue living for as many years and even more.

But let us, for a moment, take the liberty to suppose the world really ended on December 21/22, and we are now in a new phase of life under a new system to make life more meaningful and purposeful. And let us assume that this would
lead us to a new, brave world wherein we won’t see the kind of disparity, hatred and war against each other.

That gives us  an excuse to let ourselves take this occasion to celebrate life as if there is no  tomorrow and that we are living with love and kindness for a day. And if tomorrow comes (of course it will come), let us continue with the same attitude so that there is no scope for doing anything but good and be kind and loving.

Just as people all over the world went crazy celebrating their “last few days” before Dec 21- 22, let us celebrate all the more now that we have got a “new lease of life”!


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