Thursday, April 02, 2020

As the world battles the coronavirus, perhaps it is time humans reflect on their arrogance

As the pandemic spreads, humanity needs to figure out a way of co-existing with nature

Photo: Reuters

Nature operates uniquely.

This billions of years old system is more advanced and technical than all the scientific modernity combined, but adheres to the simplest of principles. 

Humans have achieved rapid growth over the last century. Not only are we, as humans, at our peak in every sector, but have also introduced several new knowledge lines. 

But during this journey of unparalleled advancement, we have encountered arrogance of knowledge, and started tampering with nature by using natural resources without limitations or any hesitation.

We also race with each other, a race to collect meaningless things. The whole world is engulfed in a vicious cycle that no one is willing to break, think or stop for a moment, and reflect. 

Even though nature has continued to warn us, time and again, that success and knowledge have their arrogance, which sometimes blurs the thinking abilities.

So we, humans, become blind and deaf, running for superiority over nature. But how long can it be tolerated? 

It seems that nature has responded, and the whole world has come to a halt. It was made possible by a tiny virus insignificant in size, which can only be seen with an electronic microscope. 

We may call it a pandemic, foul play or whatever, but perhaps this is nature giving us another chance.

She is probably telling us: “Take a pause, and think; what's the rush? Who are you competing with? Yourself? Who will win in the end and at what cost?"

Wait and think again, time is the most valuable thing. Once time is gone, it will never come back. Why waste it on worthless things? Time should be spent to gain happiness. 

But do you even know what makes you happy?

You must progress but maintain the balance. If you run unsteadily, you will lose balance and fall.

Nature is still kind to us, but its message is clear. "I forgive you, I give you another opportunity and have made your job even easier. Now breathe the clean air, enjoy the clean waters, watch the clear skies but don’t pollute it again. What you have lost is also mine because you are my being," it says.

"If you rebel, then know, the final call will be mine. I have a simple rule, DON'T MESS WITH ME."