I don’t intend to depress anyone with this post cos I know that issues that border on death or corpse are usually very sensitive for most people(me inclusive) so please accept my apologies if it upsets you or anything of the sort. I just had to put this down since it’s been bothering me all morning, I guessed I would feel a lot better if I did.
This morning as i was driving to work, I saw yet another battered corpse on the highway. The corpse was badly mutilated, body parts were scattered all over the place. I was only able to recognize what looked like an arm before I sped past so I didn’t know if it was a man or woman. Now, this is the third corpse I would be seeing on this same expressway in just one month and as usually happens when i see them, I get depressed immediately and my mind starts pondering several things.
One thing that comes to mind at such times as this is the realization that life is really a gift and for everyone who is alive, it’s a privilege that we most times don’t appreciate. We tend to dwell on all the wrong things going on in our lives that we often times fail to be grateful for the very fact that we are alive to even have those problems. Many people are not so fortunate therefore for every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day that we are able to breathe, we should all be grateful and remember to say “Thank you God!”
Another thing that I also reflect on is the fact that we expend so much effort on our physical self. We use the best creams/cosmetics, wear the best clothes, bag the highest degree, ride the best cars, make so much money e.t.c but all these really are just nothing (vanity) cos when you die everything simply evaporates like they never were. We tend to neglect the most important thing-Our Soul, which will never die. What happens to that soul when our human bodies are gone is what we really should be concerned about. Think about it!
My ever so restless mind still went on to some other things. Most times when we see corpses like this on the road, our first thought is usually-“Ah! Another accident victim!”. How many of these corpses are really accident victims? No body ever follows up on these cases to find out who these people are and what exactly led to their deaths. In more concerned societies (I don’t think Naija is one), when there are deaths like this, efforts would be made to find out if it was a natural death or homicide. Unfortunately, in this our dear country, if the corpse is even taken off the road that day, it should be grateful cos most times the corpses would lie there for days on end until when the Ministry of environment people will decide to remove it because the stench is getting too much for the people to bear. Sometimes, due to vehicles running over it for days, the corpse would even become unrecognizable manure for the roadside plants. Now just picture this scenario-A man while beating his poor wife realizes she has slumped and is no longer breathing. He knows that it would be disastrous for him if this is found out so he waits till its late in the night, wraps the body up and throwing it into his car trunk zooms off looking for where to hide his crime. Driving along the highway, he suddenly realize he could easily just drop the body on the road and since the highways are usually not well lit(The street lamps don’t work!), an unsuspecting driver could easily just run the corpse over and Wham! There is another ‘accident’ victim. Sounds like a something from a movie right? but sadly it is very possible. So you see how easily these corpses on our highways could easily just be homicide victims whose souls are just screaming out for justice that they will never get.
Enough depressing talk for one day!