Monday, June 13, 2005

Forever Ends Today

"Forever!" What a word. Almost every idiot on the street uses this word to describe timeframes varying from how he will love his girlfriend to how long his current happiness/sorrow will plague him to whatever you may care to imagine....and just how long does this forever last? Umm....well, let's just say, way shorter than you may think from the definition of the word.

So why do we still believe in those that care to use (abuse, some may say) this word? To put it simply, coz most people are just too gullible and would like to believe every nice thing they hear about themselves and also every really terrible thing they hear about someone else! Think about it! After all how else does one explain the sheer idiocy of those who fall for this word every single time? "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!!"

These thoughts have been doing the rounds of my head for the past few weeks. It's silly season these days you see. Every person I meet is either "in love" or "about to fall in love" or "married" or something like that....and all of them are mentioning this word at the drop of a hat!!! It gets ridiculous when your 10-year old neice uses the word!! Thankfully I don't have a 10-year old neice and have therefore not had this misfortune but, well, was just thinking of the horror that such a scene would instill in me anyway :-)

Call me a cynic if you like but I prefer to be realistic. What lasts forever? Nothing!!!! Without going into the Sanaatan theory (Maya) of the Universe (which essentially proves that the Universe does not exist), if I accept that the Universe is an entity that exists, it too has a "lifetime". It ends at a point (as per the scientific theory accepted today). So, what does this "forever" that people mention imply? Their lifetime? A look at life and you'd be better advised to revise your estimate to "today and perhaps tomorrow" at best.

Yeah yeah, I know that most people would like to disbelieve this and say that THEIR forever will last forever......but that's just the point!!! It's what they WANT to believe. Nothing is eternal. Not joy, not sorrow, nor love nor hate......perhaps the closest that an emotion comes to being eternal (for a lifetime) is hatred. This is something else I really believe....

People talk of "love" as the most powerful emotion. I beg to differ. Simply because hatred is definitely far more powerful ("Do not underestimate the power of the dark side"). Really, look around you and you will see more broken love affairs than the blades of hair on your head (even if you have a really thick thatch) but how many hatreds do you see broken? I am not talking about a dislike, I am talking about a deep-set hatred (something like the way I hate green veggies ;-) ). Answer: Not too many, if any at all. I personally, have not seen any......

Ultimately, we'd all be better off believing the truth as we see it around us and inside us rather than a series of lies and hallucinations which just consciously delude the brain into a feeling of "happiness". It saves so much trouble....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'd say most ppl use the word forever coz they don't know what else to say...
it's such a clich├ęd word...
"i've known him forever"...
"i've had this hairdo forever"...
grammatically very wrong...
but so overly overused :)
nobody really means it

Susie Derkins

Naveen Nathani said...

most of the people are relieved when they hear their spouse or their friends utter this word "forever"...not becoz they actually think that whatever that relationship is..is going to last forever but coz it gives them a sense of relief in that at least that person has the guts to say something like that...even when they are themselves perfectly aware of the truth...they arent hallucinating...but its something they derive pleasure from...of course there are those who, when in love, make the mistake of telling their partners that their relationship is goin to last forever but their partners are the ones to blame here...for believing in such fallacies...
but yes i agree that hatred is a stronger and more lasting emotion that love...but i guess there r some who cant understand this...those who say "hate is too strong a term...i dont hate him...i just dont like him"...absolute crap...

Abhi said...

very right buddy.i was one of those fools till recently.My love for her would last forever.Dint.Her love for me would last forever.Dint.My sorrow at the things breaking up would last forever.It wont.

The Man Who Wasnt There said...

mm..read somewhere in one thread in the pg forum.."Even forever is only that long.." err...whatever it meant! :D
Btw read anything of Albert Camus or Sarte?

Girish...!

p.s. blogrolled you....

Darth Midnightmare said...

Susie: True about the cliched part....but I think u r slightly mistaken on the people meaning it part....the problem is that too many people WANT to believe it...and therefore do take it at face value...more in the "all my life" mode...

Naveen: Once again, I don't think it is the reassurance actually. I believe it's more to do with the fact that most people are too weak to accept uncertainty and the varying nature of life. Look around and you'll find too many people who rely on this belief of "forever" to give them strength....

Vagabond: Very true.....

Girish: I think I remember that....long time back.....as for Camus, read Plague and Stranger....looking for a translation of Le Premier Homme....