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Why do all things come to an end?
People often pose this question just about good things, because no one wants them to end. Yet they do and it's not just those - all things good, bad, ugly, sublime and humdrum come to an end. This presently disastrous looking time of pandemic, death and falling economies will also come to an end just as surely as the most sublime love or times of the greatest developments.

I've heard of the so called Chinese proverb "this, too, shall pass". Well, Chinese or not, it's perfectly true. Those who are scientifically inclined would know of the unidirectional arrow of time, also called arrow of entropy. Since time moves one way, nothing lasts. Individual lives are measured in days to decades depending on the species while the lives of cosmic objects such as stars and planets are measured in billions of years.

Things are cyclic, though. The idea is conveyed in this verse taken from a highly philosophic Hindu scripture called the bhāgawad gīta (divine song).


वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय
नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि ।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा-
न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही ।।

Transliteration and translation:

vasāmsi jīrnāni yathā vihāya
(when clothes get old and worn)
navāni grhnāti naroparāni
(people take on new clothes)
tathā sharīrāni vihāya jīrnā
(and when bodies get old and worn)
nyanyāni sanyāti navāni dehī
(souls take on new bodies)

I'm not advocating the theory of rebirths, but rather I'm referring to the idea of cyclicity in nature. Even when stars die and explode in supernovae, they trigger the birth of a new generation of stars.

If you are feeling down, this, too, shall pass. And it will be replaced by something new. So it has always been.
May 2, 2020 3:05 PM
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Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei =}
July 25, 2020
Yes, Anton. I'm aware of that song. It's based on a letter by the lead female character in the original Tagore novel called shesher kobita (the last poem). It is one of the known instances of Tagore's work borrowed into another culture. But then, everything ends and still nothing really ends. It just goes on in cycles.
May 2, 2020
"This, too, shall pass" is a Solomonian aphorism, isn't it?
By the way my wife has been singing a song The Last Poem (the text author is Rabindranath Tagore), already the second day. The song was (is) very popular in the former USSR (
May 2, 2020
Kalina, life is for living. While the circle of all emotions is a part of living, the main aim is always to let the positive dominate over the negative. This is what most religions are also based on. One sees a lot of stories of death, violence, depression and pessimism in these times but I choose to listen to the positive stories because I know things will turn around in the eternal circle.
May 2, 2020
What you wrote is very nice :) Thank you! My favorite circle is that one:

May 2, 2020
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