motherearth and human children need Harmony
MOTHER EARTH AND HUMAN CHILDREN NEED HARMONY
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
We celebrated the Earth Day today by planting additional trees in vacant spacesaround our residential areas. Awareness about the planet Earth was created.Men, women and school going children, who happened to be at home because Jesuswas crucified this day a little over two millennia ago, and they were enjoyingthis one-day holiday. This happened to be the Earth Day today, 22 April.
HYMN TO HUMMING
The Atharva Ved has a hymn – BHOOMI MATA PUTRO AHAM PRITHAVYAH –and it meansthat the planet Earth is our Mother and we the human beings are mother earth’schildren. It is the mother who looks after her children for the first fewmonths for feeding, cleaning and protection from hostile elements, and when thechildren grow up, they look after the ageing mother. Of course, what the MotherEarth is worried about is the continual digging, overdrawing of sub-soil water,building too many bunds over rivers, deforestation on a large scale, illegalmining, hunting of rare species of animals in deep forests and above allnuclear tests by atomic scientists that destroys both flora and fauna.
The hill tribesmen and women and those inhabiting deep forests hymn tunes abouttheir being a part of pristine Nature and their humming and singing is sonatural. So is group dancing. It is learnt that the content of folk songs andrhythmic style of dancing where movements are executed so effortlessly entitlethe males to have female partners of their choice. The human habitat in thejungle is in tune with the pristine music emanating from rustling of leaves,murmur of rivulet waters, chirping of birds and, of course, roar of tigers inthe vicinity. The humans are in harmony with the Nature – be it animals or therare home-grown vegetables. The front or backyard of the ghotals serve as smallplots for vegetable farming. There all bachelors of the tribe do community liveand discuss merits or demerits of nubile girls of the said tribe. Life amblesalong with perfect peace and mother Earth has no problems to solve.
Human beings take pride in being a part of a civilised society. When beingcivilised means shunning violence or not causing pain and or inflicting miseryon a fellow human being or even on animals or birds and bees, it is fine fromall angles. However, when human civilisation means denuding the earth surfaceof rich forest cover, mining in mountains or carrying out nuclear tests underwater in oceans, then problems come up like hydra-headed monsters poised toswallow Man and his creations. This situation beggars solutions and overshadows all worldly achievements of human beings.
Earthquake, Tsunami, deluge or drought, world wars and nuclear accidents arephases of our march to human destruction. Is the human race possessed by aDeath-Wish and is voluntarily moving forward on the road of self-destruction.Mankind lived a simple life until World War I when science made a tremendousprogress in inventing new and effective weapons that could kill a large numberof people in one go. Of course, the concept of nuclear weapons was not knowntill then but new ways of destruction of the enemy forces in biological andchemical warfare was a distinct possibility. The German scientists had workedon such weapons of mass destruction successfully. On termination of the SecondWorld War, it was a vanquished Germany that had eminent scientists who weretaken to America and motivated to design and develop atom bombs. Hiroshima andNagasaki in Japan were the worst sufferers of this new atomic warfare. Anyway,the civilised society of human beings had made progress that spelt disaster forfellow human beings in other parts of the globe. Was this the progress that thehumans were looking for?
Certainly not. This progress in science meant death and destruction that no onewished for.
The UNO or United Nations Organisation was formed on cessation of hostilitiesin 1945. The grand idea of this high profile international organisation was toeschew violence in solving mutual problems cropping up among independentnations due to clash of political or economic or cultural interests. It is truethat UNO has been able to avert global wars of the magnitude of world wars butit is equally true that the United Nations failed to eliminate shooting warscompletely.
The world body has come up with numerous agreements to save the natural wealthof the world that all human beings could share in future. If the natural wealthof Mother Earth has been of little use to the present generation, it shouldstill be saved, protected and preserved for our children and children’schildren. If a vast majority of human beings start taking interest inpreserving and protecting the natural wealth of Planet Earth, the wantondestruction of hills and dales, forests and agricultural lands, water resourcesand oil reserves will be stopped and may be abandoned. Thus the natural wealthplaced by God in the hands of humans for the welfare of Mankind will bepreserved and used judiciously. Indeed that will be some sort of victory of acivilised society over the barbarian instinct of causing death and destruction.It is the saner element among mankind who is convinced that wars do not solveproblems of human beings but only aggravate them. So, why not sit around atable and talk out the knotty problem. No one will vote for a war. Everyonewill vote for Peace. The United Nations Organisation is precisely meant forthat.
SECURITY FOR PROSPERITY
Notwithstanding the existence of UNO, member nations possess and maintain large standing armies to defend their country. Of course, UNO will prevent a localskirmish from developing into a war but a nation needs its own defence forcesto ward off the initial onslaught of the invading nation. Wars cause a lot of death and destruction as well as damage to Mother Earth. The warring nations may be urged by the world peace outfit to save mother Earth from damage beyond repairs. After all, all of us have to have our habitat on Earth till we colonise Moon and have more elbow room for all human beings.
Security means making of modern weapon system and that means establishing factories that cause pollution and destruction of natural resources. A sense of security brings in prosperity of material wealth but it also means loss of morality and lapse of honesty in dealing with fellow human beings. Therefore, it is for leaders of the civil society to strike a happy balance and see that man makes material progress for prosperity without debasing loftiness of human nature. Above all, Man must continue to entertain the lofty ideal of having harmony between Mother Earth and her children who are all human beings.
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