With that headline you must have guessed who is being referred to.
Before I get down to the nitty-gritty of this matter permit me to do a prelude.
Some readers are acquainted with the American saying that life is like that. On his part Seneca observed that “Life is nothing but a journey to death.” As we hobble along it can be useful to sometimes stop in our tracks and ask ourselves the question: What is life?
Some say its good friends, money is your pockets, popularity, partying or having as much fun as you can. However one summary of life is: “Here today and gone tomorrow!” A really bitter answer to this question of “What is life?” is that: Life is a terminal disease.” Life is short even for a nonagenarian let alone a person dying in his/her prime.
A book in the Bible describes life this way: “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14) Therefore what are all our strife envying and hatred about? What do they add up to at the end of time?
“There is no armour against fate Death lays it icy hands on kings:
Scripture and crown
Must tumble down
And in the dust be equal made with the poor crooked scythe and spade
– From James Shirley’s
Death the Leveller
Indeed it was Dr. Khan who saved more than one hundred Sierra Leoneans but could not save himself. It almost passes belief that the savior could not save himself.
When Jesus Christ was crucified there were two robbers crucified with him, one or the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him wagging their heads and saying “you who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!…” That was sardonic mockery. Here we had a modern “Jesus” in the person of the late Dr. Khan who without mockery could not humanly save himself.
He even was brave enough to replace a colleague who died earlier of Lasser fever. “Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)
Dr. Khan laid down his life not even for his friends. He went the extra mile to do so for his dear country. SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI (Thus passes away earthly glory).
In the face of such altruistic sacrifices of Dr. Khan and others it amounts to man’s inhumanity to man for reprobates to profit from the misery of others. They are destined for damnation but secular accountability should be enforced.
The soul of Dr. Khan may be smiling at our grief. Who knows? My advice to readers is to live every day as if it is your last.
Acrostic On Ebola
E – Envoy of doom and gloom
B – Barefaced robber of people’s joy
0 – Obstacle to national development
L – Lackey of death
A – Adversary of progress
By Rev. S.M. Williams