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    Posted December 14, 2013 by
    Madison, Wisconsin
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    I Often Wonder

    I Often Wonder

    "Dedicated to Joydeb Mukherjee for his love of music and making lives better"

    As a physician cardiologist I witness and participate in the drama of life and death every single day and on my way back from work I often wonder.

    I wonder about the disparity of effort between the acts of saving life and taking life. One is so hard, difficult and temporary. The other seems so easy, effortless and permanent.

    I wonder about the long tough hours spent in trying to save a life, to help sustain and better a life, to preserve and heal a life.

    I contrast this to life wasted, cut short and taken away in conflicts and wars, crime, combat, hostilities and aggression, terror and counter terror.

    Life ended purposefully and without purpose, with vengeance and malice and in the blink of an eye.

    Living one moment and dead the next.

    The sudden cessation of a beating heart, the gleam in the eyes changing to dull, irreversible and forever.

    I wonder why is saving life so arduous and taking it not so.

    And so I stay wondering, I stay working, I keep hoping and I keep dreaming.

    And to those who take life I say, “For once try saving one.”

    by Arif Ahmad

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