I propose that for one full year, all newspapers should change their emblems. Even the electronic media could do the same. All of them would have the same emblem — a skull and two bones — the usual representation of death. Let all people wake up in the morning, and before opening themselves to their daily dose of news and analysis come face to face with the skull, be reminded every morning of the inevitability of their end. All is going to end, all are going to end. In the conclusion, all is either ash or dust. Nothing else matters. That puts everything in perspective — whatever news or analysis they read or hear in the next one hour, or may be rest of the day. Do any person’s opinion, habits, customs, caste, religion, political views, language really matter when all of us are, all the time, in the jaws of death? We tend to think that we are on a long, never-ending journey, and that the world and everything that it has to offer us, would forever remain so. So we spread ourselves, paying attention to each and every minor detail — faults, mistakes, errors — that should not have been there. Instead of brushing it off with a ‘Never mind, take care that you don’t repeat it’, we feed it, fuel it — not for a moment offering solutions, for which we are certainly not capable or qualified enough — creating mountains out of molehills. Most of the events or incidents happening around us do not carry any weight or importance at all; they are given demonic sizes and proportions only by the attention provided by us. Unfortunately, this way several other more important issues get eclipsed, sidelined. So let us remember death always; in every moment of our lives recall that — ‘You too shall die’. Let us live our lives backwards — starting from the end — providing our attention and strength to the issues that are really important by the yardstick of time, and brush aside things that are not. After all, in the end, it is all either dust or ash.
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