Remember Mending Wall from North of Boston? Eighty-six long years and still we are in the Stone Age. When small doses of vaccinations weren’t enough for the humanity to learn the inevitable s, heavy booster doses are being injected, inducing us to Think Beyond. A respiratory illness incurable, to cure many man-made illnesses at a time! Browsing through the vague thoughts of my crazy mind, a while’s second thought took me directly to 1914 and Robert Frost. All that’s said stands wholesomely true! A reanalysis through the ideas he articulated in his Mending Wall would definitely help the ultra modern,within- the- four- walls kinda human kind to sail through.
The recurring floods in the state of Kerala to which my close family relatives were victims, shared their horrible moments of anxiety and the lessons it taught them, while I visited them. Evacuated from their homes, hundreds of people were pooled and put together in relief centers, which had only a tiny room. First few days they had to survive with a glass of gruel, with a single bedspread for many to rest upon. My eyes welled up when my sister-in-law said, “we didn’t use those, there were aged among us, we gave it to them as they couldn’t withstand the deadly cold winds.” These are real experiences, the impact of which stays with some of them forever. The rest? We teach our children , the virtues of learning and sharing. What do we ask them to share? A candy? How do we set ourselves as examples? By buying an ice-cream for their friends? Sharing can still have a vast expanse, comprising intellectual and emotional realms!
Back to Frost- The walls between our neighbors are built on our own will, it actually acts as a barrier. A barrier which prevents the passage of good , friendly air. “Good fences make good neighbors” is the irony he uses just to tell us that good relations can’t flourish with a wall right in the middle of it. Let us not occasionally mend those walls, let us transmit good thoughts. Let’s not gossip behind the wall, let us spread smiles. Let the apples of our orchard give fruits to the occupants next door. And finally, let’s learn the present menace would help vanish those man-made barriers, let’s learn to live together, with happiness!