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Phantoms in the brain

It was a holiday for me, but not for my father. He had very few holidays. He was preparing to leave. As usual, I rushed to open the gates for him. While opening the gates, the gate slid over my toe and took my thumbnail off. It was extremely painful. As there was a meeting my father had to attend, he left to his office. However, he returned home soon after the meeting. After coming back, he read out Lee Falk's Phantom for me. I was not old enough to read on my own. I still remember the story he read out to me, the story of Hanta witch. Absorbed in the story I soon forgot my pain. That was when I realised that you can forget pain by distracting yourself. Years passed by. I have suffered much greater pains. And, this trick saved me almost every time. Along with a strong disbelief in an inherent purpose for life, this experience made distractions from life the sole purpose of life. Ironic, isn't it.
By "Phantom, The #12". Grand Comics Database Project. Retrieved 2006-10-22., Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7563756

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