Thursday, April 07, 2005

The final act

He was happy for a lot of reasons, but two things primarily - one was that he had achieved whatever he had set out to do in life.. and the other was that the governing body had given the go ahead for his final act.. he had been sure he would get the approval while he had given the application, but then, governing bodies were a strange lot..
the approval was a two stage process, the first step was a basic application indicating the profile of the person giving it.. the governing body would decide whether the person could still perform an active role in society, and if he/she could, try to convince the person to do it, but that was just a formality... the second step was when one had to give the time and procedure chosen..the authority would then notify the next of kin, and put up a notice seeking whether anyone had an objection ..the objection, if any, and the right of the person objecting would both be scrutinised by the authorities before giving the final approval.. again, this step was also a formality since the applicant would have already announced his decision to the people concerned (who could object)..
a few days back, he had just gotten the final approval from the governing body for what was known as 'euthanasia'.legal killing was what the critics called it.. but after decades of legal wrangling, the majority had voted for it... in fact, they even made a procedure for people who were not in a position to request it themselves... the majority considered it a part of the society maturing, but there were people who still believed that He should be allowed to do His work...
but today was the day he had chosen for his final act... he had decided for it, when his wife had had a natural death a few years back and he had become alone, since their kids lived elsewhere and rarely had time for him.. stereotypical, he thought...
he had just had dinner at his favourite restaurant, and was on his way to the hospital where he would get his final injection.. he was still thinking deeply about whether he had left anything incomplete, since there would be no coming back...and that was why he saw the truck too late... his last thoughts were, "so long as i die.."
until next time, lets propose, and let Him dispose...

16 comments:

pearl said...

that was a thought provoking piece. Very well written.

aqua said...

but will we men ever be ready to die?? and yoohoo back to you.:)

blokes said...

read My sister's Keeper by Judy Picoult- an interesting viewpoint; as for euthenasia the Shaivo case just never ends- it is all about the insurance money, thats why the parentswere desperate for the divorce, now the husband gets it all- after paying off the docs and lawyers!

la devil said...

i agree with the last line. i think we shud jus let God/Devil do his business...

Anonymous said...

Verry verry nice post dat.

Ash said...

Dat was me btw :P!

manuscrypts said...

hey pearl, thank you :)

aqua: some will be always, some wont be , ever....

manuscrypts said...

blokes: sigh, it always is about the money, huh??

devil: i really dont know abt the devil...hehe

manuscrypts said...

ash: thx :)

IdeaSmith said...

Interesting build-up....don't you think a twist in the tale might have been a nice touch?

IdeaSmith said...

I liked the last line though...

Strawberries n Cream said...

wow...thought provoking to say the least...also, rather convenient for him:p

erratica said...

i support mercy killing. with new technology paving way to keep ppl alive arificially, mercy killing is a way of letting ppl die with dignity

Elixir said...

hmmm reminded me of the schindlers. euthanasia. i read a story in chicken soup once about a kid wanting to put his cat to sleep. :)

manuscrypts said...

ideasmith: lol..am actively trying to get out of that genre... what did u have in mind??

suz: considering all, yup...:)

manuscrypts said...

erratica: agree, but knowing us, there could well be a lot of misuse..

elixir: and did he??