I was wondering.
With the sudden demise of MJ and the flood of messages from the millions around the world, the network to Heaven is bound to be jammed!
Some were simple, some drab, some heartfelt, some touching, others creative, but almost all of them had one thing in common.
All wanted this tormented soul to find solace in death.
Rest in Peace or RIP was how most ended.
And that’s what got me thinking.
It got me thinking about Rip Van Winkle.
Rip Van Winkle, almost a symbolism for prolonged slumber now! The Western parallel to our dear old Kumbhakarna, I think. Only,a more mundane character.
Rip, rested in peace for 20 years; a temporary escape from the drudgery of life.
‘RIP’ on the other hand, is the perennial slumber, prospective salvation.(?)
I wonder whether Irving named Van Winkle so, for this reason!
Guess, we’ll never know!
But for everytime that we are Rip,seeking temporary(that is a much,much deflated version of the 20 year marathon) refuge from the life around, yet sure of being woken up ,Life just pushes us,closer towards ‘RIP’,the GREAT escape!
That’s the Divine Irony.