Volume 93, Issue 74

Thursday, February 10, 2000


Short life, still touched many others

Life in death

Funeral deserved coverage

Life in death

Re: "UWO mourns students" Feb. 1

To the Editor:
These past few days have gripped many with an inexpressible sorrow as students learned of the three deaths which took place Jan. 29.

I cannot stop thinking about how difficult this must be for the families involved, but also for the network of individuals who were lucky enough to have known such inspiring individuals.

As students, we are constantly bombarded with daily stresses and are in the middle of unexpected situations. As we strive for knowledge, which may open doors of affluence and wealth, maybe we should first strive to live everyday as if it were our last. Of course, that is easier said than done and it isn't a course that can be taken in university, but is greater than any grade received.

When death comes at an age when we are exploring ourselves, the world and carving our niche in life, all we can say is "What a tragedy," or "How short life can be?" We're at a point in our lives where things can't get any better and all of a sudden life takes a tumultuous turn and leaves us with a feeling of being cheated. When you realize that all things come and go, it puts life in perspective.

Somewhere in between birth and death, we actually live. If we knew death was at tomorrow's door, perhaps risks would be taken and love would be in every heart. Within death manifests a mirror, which we should all peer into.

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded."

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ravjinder Bal
Arts/Social Sciences III

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