Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans!
Plans are what we make so GOD can have a good laugh!
The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley!
Three different statements, all telling us the same thing.
The first was by Lennon or McCartney or both, it doesn’t really matter, Lennon for sure had lots of plans, Mark Chapman had a different one.
McCartney too, losing Linda and being ripped off by Heather!
I can’t remember who said the second one, but the sentiment is the same, except of course, there is no God to laugh at us. As an aside, if you want to read the best story about what the empirical evidence suggests about a GOD, read “The Mysterious Stranger” by Mark Twain. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3186/3186-h/3186-h.htm
The last quote is by Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, and author of many fantastic poems with a theme revolving around humanity and its trials and tribulations. “Aft Gang agley” means, often go wrong. The perceptive of you will note that John Steinbeck borrowed the mice and men part for his eponymous book. For sure Lennie had plans involving lots of rabbits, didn’t quite turn out that way!
So why the post? Its just that there was an obituary in the SCMP today, young women of 46, two children and although obituries can be somewhat hagiographic, this one was moving, she seemed to have been one of those people that many of aspire us to be but very few manage. Although it was left unsaid, I think she may have died of cancer, leaving two young sons and a bereaved husband.
I didn’t know the woman, but she left a legacy in the form of her sons and the charity she founded.
Life’s unfair, we all know that, her death is no less or more important that those massacred in Syria yesterday, but through her obituary I learned something about her. No one will write an obituary for the Syrian kids and adults, although she cared about the poor and set up her charity to help them, the poor alas still don’t matter much in the grand scheme of things.
The moral? There is no moral, save; rich or poor, seize the day, because there might not be time to fulfill those plans of yours.