Actually, what most people ask is – What is the saddest truth about life? Let me try to address the issue to the best of my capability.
What is Truth?
Truth can conveniently be one of the words with no adjectives. What is happy or sad is just the situation associated with a particular frame of time and again this is largely person specific.
What could be a sad fact for someone could be happy for someone else at the same time.
For example – the 2022 FIFA world cup final. The truth is that Argentina won the final. Now for Argentina, this is a happy truth, while for France, this could be the saddest truth. At the same time for the rest of the world, this is just the truth, with no adjectives.
This is the plain and simple point that I want to drive home. Truth is just a fact and should not be a reason to be happy or sad.
The truth is often subjective, and sometimes difficult to define. In general, it is defined as something that is accepted as true and backed up by facts, evidence, and logic.
Does Truth Change with Time?
Life can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that even in the darkness, there can be moments of joy and beauty. We give undue importance to the fact of yesterday and today until it starts affecting our future.
It is very easy to understand that the truth that was a sad truth for you yesterday does not even matter today. But this simple wisdom evades us in our moment of so-called sorrow. We glorify our struggles only to realize how inconsequential they are sometime in the future.
The truth of life is that it can be filled with unfairness, pain, and suffering. We all experience these things. But it’s important to focus on the positive moments. We should strive for a better future instead of living with bitter memories.
A completely different perspective of looking at this issue is that life can be incredibly short and unpredictable. Despite countless advances in medical technology, many people still succumb to illnesses and accidents before their time.
Life is Finite
Even those who lead healthy lifestyles are not immune; terminal diseases such as cancer or heart disease can strike anyone regardless of lifestyle choices.
Furthermore, the loss of a loved one can have an immense emotional impact on our lives, making us feel helpless and powerless against death’s inevitability.
The tragedy is amplified when we realize that the amount of time we have with each other is unknown, finite, and often too brief for comfort. This is a reminder to savor every moment together while it lasts.
Yes, these personal losses can be emotionally taxing. But it is a fact that we are aware of DEATH and its uncertainty right at the beginning of life. It is difficult to digest such heavy TRUTHS of life. The good news is that there are certain practices and rituals which can greatly help in coming to terms with what everyone calls – the saddest truth of life.
I strongly recommend reading The Bhagwad Gita and the regular practice of Meditation to sail smoothly through life!!!