This morning I saw a tweet criticising the President for wanting to go ahead to pick up the PDP nomination form and wanting to declare for presidency despite the fact that for over six months now, the girls who were abducted from Girls Secondary School Chibok are still missing.
I understood the sentiments behind that tweet. it is important to keep the missing girls in public conciousness, at least in our own little ways, lest they be reduced to a minor item in the news. Like the missing flight MH 370.
Remember the missing Malaysian flight which disappeared since March 7th 2014 carrying 239 passengers from 15 different countries? You may have been one of those who missed the mention of the flight in the news a day ago. An aviation expert reiterating that if the authorities had acted within 2/3 minutes of the airplanes disappearance, the plane would have been found. Also, the International Business Times reports that representatives of the family, under the auspices of Voice370 want the “authorities to make a full release of all cargo carried on board MH370, stating clearly what was in the cargo hold”.
Bad things happen. That is a fact of life. Whether we like it or not, bad things continue to happen. Bad things happen and they happen to everyone. Often times, bad things happen to good people. People we care about, people we want to protect.
Everyday, we are bombarded with bad news. all you have to do is turn on the television, listen to the radio or read the news and the stories abound: women getting raped, children dying of preventable disease, people getting kidnapped. The stories are so rampant that @DoubleEph dedicates an entire hashtag to such stories. He calls them #newsfromdepravitycentral.
Yet, life goes on.
No matter how much we want to sit around and lament and moan over bad things that happen to us and to people around us, life goes on. We want the earth to stop rotating on its axis. We want the sun to stand still and the moon to not leave its place but it doesnt. it proceeds on its orbital speed of about 30 km/s, the earth around the sun covering the earth’s diameter in about seven minutes, never stopping.
When I was in journalism school, one of my lecturers introduced me to the maxim, “the show must go on”. Those words are a reflection of life. When we are hurt or in pain, we wish the world would grind to a halt while we mourn. I remember, how a friend told me about how angry it made her, after her marriage broke up to see other people with their husbands smiling and having fun. All she wanted was that the world be painted black and that everyone be as grief-stricken as she was.
But life does not work that way:
A man loses his wife to death and six months later he has found solace in the arms of another woman – life goes on.
A woman has a miscarriage and three months later she is trying for another child – life goes on.
A person suffers a heartbreak and while they are still in pain they watch their ex living the life – life goes on.
No matter how insensitive we may think it sounds, the reality of the matter is that no matter what happens, as long as humankind continues to exist live goes on.
It is for this reason that I find somewhat selfish if not hypocritical tweets when people want others to stop living because something bad has happened. Does anyone really stop living unless they are dead?
Yes, we hope because when we have done all we humanly can to remedy a situation we only hope that our efforts pay off. But while we hope, we keep living because life goes on.