HE WANTS TO END HER LIFE.
Cancer is growing in her abdomen and
she suffers a terrible pain. Her doctor,
whom she has been visiting for the last
twelve months, was very sympathetic:
“Everyone has the right to decide when to die,”
he declared firmly while prescribing the last med-
Her daughter also supports her wish.
“I don’t like to see you suffering, mum,” her
voice is filled with encouragement.
But now she is finally hospitalized, waiting to
die on the hospital bed. And so it is. Tomorrow she
will pull the lethal injection, putting an end to her
She puts her head on the pillow and tries to get
some sleep. But she can’t. Uncertainty creeps into
her mind. What if she is wrong? What happens
when people die? She tosses and turns for a long
time before sleep finally embraces her in its arms.
Then suddenly she sees in her dream her deceased
husband, sitting on her bed. His face is calm, his
eyes are full of compassion.
“Don’t do it, Marry,” he says softly.
“I can’t take it any more,” her voice screams. “It
is unbearable.” Tears fill her eyes.
“Marry,” he is pleading, waiting for her to calm
down, “don’t do it.”
“Why?” She looks deep in his eyes. “Why,
“Because, my dear, there is a lesson in this pain.
No one wants you to suffer and They tried hard to
spare you the pain, but it was all in vain. For you
would not respond to suggestions, to warnings, to
taboos. You alone brought this pain on yourself.”
“What do you mean? Who are They?
“The Invisible Workers who look after the mor-
tals.” He is silent for a while, then resumes: “You
love the cream buns, don’t you, which totally
clogged your kidneys. You love the bacon and
eggs in the morning, which blocked your arteries.
You would not pass a day without piece of a rich
cake, which ferments everything in the stomach,
turning it into a toxic pulp, poisoning the blood...
Remember all the restaurants you were going to
every week to sumptuously dine? The next morn-
ing your eyes were puffy, your legs were swollen,
but did you care? Did you care to stop and start a
healthy diet, when often in the morning you woke
up feeling sick and your back was killing you? No,
Marry, you didn’t pay attention to all the warning
symptoms, and no power on earth was able to keep
you away from the rich, refined, dead, preserved
food you consumed all through your life.”
“It is unbearable...it is unbearable...” She starts
He puts his hand on her shoulder.
“The pain is your best teacher, Marry. It is given
only to people who are ignorant and will not learn
by any other means. Once you understand why the
pain came in your life and what is the reason for it,
the pain will be lifted and the suffering will stop.
But if you try to stop it yourself now, next time,
when you come to Earth, you will be born as a sick
child, enduring the same pain you are trying to
escape from now. You will be in the same agony
then, Marry. For there is no escape. This pain is
yours and you have to go through it. It will do you