The typical attitude of human beings towards life, old age and death has been painted by Charles Churchill (1731–64) in the following words:
Old age, a second child, by Nature cursed
With more and greater evils than the first,
Weak, sickly, full of pains; in ev'ry breath
Railing at life and yet afraid of death. (p. 98)
Strangely enough, man, in general, cherishes some constitutional in-built beliefs and attitudes. For example, everybody nourishes the idea that he or she will continue to live forever or at least for a long time. In answer to a question by Yaksha, King Yudhisthira of Mahabharata fame said, ‘The wonder of wonders is that everyday living beings are being devoured by Death, but ...