Death is more than just the expiry of life.
Last month or so, I read a few posts that talked of blog-death. Some were questions, some were tentative answers. (It is perhaps, an inconsequential coincidence that all of these posts were by women.)
I left a comment at one of these posts, that blogs, like memories, don’t die. Or something to that effect. And I believe so. People delete blogs, they stop writing at their blogs, yet blogs themselves don’t die. They may be pushed back in the darkest deepest recesses of an inaccessible server somewhere, but they don’t die. At worst, they don’t grow – they stagnate for want of nutrition.
Blogs don’t die. Bloggers do. They die two kinds of death, one of which is certain.
The one which we all know of. The inevitable, as Agent Smith calls it. I have often wondered about this. What happens when a blogger dies? The physical death, i.e. How do we know that death has occurred? Unless the blogger has shared the blog’s log-in details with someone, to write about the death in an eventuality, how would we know? Has the blogger just quit blogging? Is the blogger dead? How will we know? More-so, if we do not know the blogger in the physical world. There are blogs I frequent which haven’t been updated for years. Though there aren’t any feeds, I go there to see if there is a recent hint of life.
The other death is the choice of death. It is not certain, well, at least not till the certain death reveals itself. The choice, not to express. In that sense, the blogger dies, even if the human is still living. The blog will remain alive even after you have deleted it all, in one of Google’s cached server. And even after years, when the cache is cleaned up, there will be a link, a quote, something, somewhere that references your blog. Even if it is a memory, it will always remain.
Neo comes out of the training programme and is bleeding. He says to Morpheus, “I thought it wasn’t real.” Morpheus smiles at Neo ever so slightly, “Your mind makes it real.” Neo is puzzled, without looking at Morpheus he asks, “If you’re killed in the Matrix, you die here?”. Morpheus answers calmly, the truth that we all know, “The body cannot live without the mind.”
Blogs, you see, don’t die; bloggers do.