This has nothing to do with advertising or business but I am compelled to write about it. There have been a spate of suicide pacts and incidents of filicide in Bangalore. Parents seems to think that the easy way of out their problems is to take their own life and worse still, kill their own children.
How can parents mentally prepare themselves to do this? What goes through their vile minds when they lure their innocent children into eating ice-cream laced with poison? How sick can people get? And tragically in some cases the parents survive and have to go through life now knowing that they murdered their own child. Is that life worth living?
I have been very disturbed about these incidents. I feel that today, as a society we are not resilient enough. People of my parent’s generation had a far more purposeful outlook to life. They may have been simplistic in their approach but they took life’s ups and downs in their stride. They may have not had the creature comforts that we have today and were used to ‘roughing it out’ in life. My mother’s childhood was typical of a village life in South Kanara. She tells me stories of how getting a chalk piece was a joy in itself, of being wide eyed seeing a bus and so on. Typical of that generation and background. This simple life made them see the value of relationships and be measured in their desire for material things. She was taught to be totally dedicated to the family she married into and accept whatever comes her way.
Whether it is an incurable disease or financial pressure people seem to think of suicide as the way out. I am not getting into the why’s and what’s of farmer deaths. I am talking of regular, lower-middle and middle class families being driven to killing their own children. There is a deep-rooted malaise in our society today and we all need to ponder about the reasons-why and take corrective action. In our own way we can be thankful for the relationships we have in our lives and pledge to live for others.
My dad passed away last year and died a simpleton. Being the sole earning member of a large family, his outlook to life was to ‘cut your coat according to your cloth’. He did not seek material gains or things that he thought were beyond his means. His was a life dedicated to others. And all that he left behind was a good reputation. Isn’t that what life is all about?