Post Mortem

The brevity of life on earth and its tremendous responsibilities

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/1/2019 11:50:52 AM IST

 King David at the end of his life said: “Our days on earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” (1 Chr 29:15) Life on earth is very short. It is indeed, just like a shadow that disappears at sunset. But this short life will appear even shorter when we consider the following facts: A day measured as a unit of time is composed of 24 hours out of which 12 hours are considered as daytime and the rest 12 hours as night-time. Now in an average person’s life, he or she spends about 8 to 10 hours sleeping. That is to say that in a person’s lifetime, about half of his life is spent in sleeping. Now when one is asleep, all of life’s activities come to a standstill. After all, not to talk of physical activities, one is not even thinking, when one is asleep. When we consider all these things, we can correctly say that in a person’s lifetime, about half of his time is spent in “None functioning sleep!” And in that sense, broadly speaking, we can say that a person who has lived for a 100 years on earth has in fact, lived only 50 years of productive life!

If I apply these facts to my own life, though I have lived for 63 years on earth, I have in fact lived only 31 and half years. But If I were to further analyse those 31 and half years into “Productive” and “Non-Productive” years, I would have to admit that I have wasted many years in non-productive activities. Though born and raised in a Christian family, my real conversion into Christianity occurred when I was 17 years or so. From that experience onward, my life took a turn for honest and upright living despite many falls here and there. But as for my life before that transformation took place, it was a life of disobedience, dishonesty and waywardness (with perhaps some flashes of goodness here and there)! To call a long story short, all in all, I have perhaps lived only about 27 years of my life in real productive activities. And here I am grateful to God that I have been able to put 21 years (1997-2019) of very hard labour into writing, travelling and speaking on who we Nagas are, at the national level as well as at the international and universal levels. All these thousands of hours of very hard labour were inspired by the very limited theological, historical, political and philosophical knowledge that I had acquired from my student days. But lest I rattle on too much about myself, let me stop there! As a concluding remark, I hope every reader of this article will tonight pause for a few moments and reflect on their own lives as to how they have lived them so far. My next article will reflect on the tremendous responsibilities that God has reposed on all individuals on earth.

Kaka D. Iralu

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