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Posted at: Mar 7, 2018, 12:18 AM; last updated: Mar 7, 2018, 12:18 AM (IST)

It’s unfair for a reason

It’s unfair for a reason

Sumant Sharma

LIFE is imperfect. And thankfully so. For if it were perfect, one would have to strain one’s guts out to keep it perfect. Maintenance of a perfect state of being requires one to be on guard against all errors. As humans we err quite too often. As long as there are working humans, there will be mistakes. The only sure testimony that work is being done is that mistakes are being committed. If there are no visible mistakes, consider that there is no work being done.

Life is transient.

And mercifully so. For if there were even a bit of permanence attached to life’s matters, one would be sick, old and bored, always. One will be wishing for an end to the natural disaster that life would seemingly become then. The continuum of hopelessness, neglect and disrespect that signify old age will be hard to bear for long. As long as every experience — good or bad — is short-lived, one has hope alive in one’s heart.

Life is unfair.

And wonderfully so. For if it were fair, one would reap the bitter fruit of one’s ill deeds, without a miss. It is these misses that keep us going on trusting our luck. Without these misses, we would be crying more often than smiling. Lady luck would be unknown. We think more often of the injustice to our own selves. We forget that many a time, we are unfairly favoured too. It is all with a fine balance. Some games we win, some we lose. It is when we are benefited by good luck that we should thank heavens for life’s unfairness. We are not always in loss because of life’s injustices. Therefore, whenever something “undeservingly” wrong happens to us, we should have faith in life’s teaching power. These tough times may be preparing us for tiding easily over something tougher later. 

Life is tiring.

And rightfully so. For if there are no exhausted, sick people, would doctors find employment? The whole machinery of managers and healers is working for helping mankind wade through the vicissitudes of life with a sound mind and body. Life is exhausting because we, as humans, must learn about our limits. Beyond a certain level, the human race will be overwhelmed by works unfinished and suffer from burnout.

Life is full of paradoxes — the biggest one being that life is full of suffering. This is one of the primordial truths that Gautam Buddha realised and declared. Just when we accept this fact, it is sufficient to make us transcend suffering. So instead of fretting and fuming against the basic character of one’s life, let’s start living, because this basic nature of life is what makes it beautiful.

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