We Feel Sorry For Ourselves

We live in a world full of ordeals, pains and disasters. Every day, newspapers bring us heartbreaking news.


And usually the effect of such disasters is variable, and that variation has many different reasons, such as the different beliefs and interests of people, and the psychological, geographical and historical barriers. These factors have an undeniable effect on people’s sentimental structure and their ability to interact with all kinds of human disasters.


These days, we witness the death of hundreds of people in all different parts of the world and live the ordeals of whole societies, who were deprived from their human rights, displaced, violated and abused, and were exposed to genocide using the vilest methods.

Despite the fact that all these images are painful, some incidents leave a deeper effect on the mind than others even though others are more deserving of sorrow and grief. Some people might be unaware of the reasons behind this sentimentality.


One of these incidents happened on Saturday night, 31 August 1997, when the death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Emad Al-Fayed was witnessed by the whole world, since the world has become one village, and saw the wrecked car the couple rode; the best car of our times, with all the luxuries and safety tools it has, failed to save their lives.


I was surprised by how people from different races, religions and languages, were affected by the incident, and started searching in my mind for the reason behind this sadness and I think I realized what it was.


It’s the human nature to mourn after being shocked by the inescapable fact of death, which shakes a person up after witnessing an accident and talks to his subconscious mind, saying:


“Son of Adam, you were pursuing the pleasures of life: Fortunes, distinction, luxury and happiness, but you might spend your whole life following their paths and working hard and not achieve one part of what you seek as you’re doomed to die, and you don’t know when. How wouldn’t that restrain you, while nothing on earth can save you but your good deeds?


Son of Adam, if your dreams and hopes were the pleasures of this world, then what you see today might dispel your dreams and shock you with the upcoming truth; the killjoy, it is death.”


The world received what resembles an electric shock, which could be beneficial sometimes for a dysfunctional heart.


How could the world not be sad, seeing the top of its materialistic dream, embodied in a living example of health, youth, wealth, distinction and happiness, falling apart in seconds to fragments (even though it was made of steel) and the dream vanished and everything ended?


Yes, we feel sorry for ourselves when we realize that everything that people hope for on earth is going to vanish.