The relationship between men & nature has always been haunting me since my teens. I remember writing a small article then in my mother tongue regarding my quest to unearth the purpose of our being and life and ironically the same is still un-answered. As Harry Belafonte was asking about the “Birds & Bees” I also have the same query about the “Men & Nature”!
We come to existence due to some organic reactions because of ‘orgasms’ or ‘organism’. As the chromosomes meet we come in to being and as the umbilical chord is severed we become physically individuals. The individual emerges as selfishly that just after the warmth of the womb & the mother’s lap it starts its demands for independence. The rebellious being after its all battles and struggles for independence realizes that the whole struggle is futile and meaningless. The existence itself is fragile, weak and breakable and thus the balance and caution is imperative.
Nevertheless, this is known to all but still the top most crust of the living being is still die to live while they all eventually live to die. Then, why this ‘Kolaveri’ and the so called ‘struggle for existence’? All along the life the greed for more and cry for better never seem to cease or take a back seat. Is it the basic instinct we are born with for sheer survival or we acquire it by the influence of the surroundings. We attribute this greed, this uncanny desire to acquire everything which we presume that we deserve or our own as our birth right or our earnings. On not getting the greedy desires we blame everything mostly on the unseen, unfelt and the unreachable and most overused terminology called ‘GOD’.
Even the unique greed to achieve god is also phenomenal. I remember one incident regarding the overbearing greed of human beings to seek or achieve god when I had experienced a huge, nearly 100 KM long procession of people walking to a religious shrine to offer their worship on an auspicious day, which I was given to understand would wash away their sins and help them to establish a seat in heaven. Was I amazed or bemused? I don’t know…………but I am sure that if this ocean of people were asked to go and serve a down trodden, flood or famine struck village of fellow human beings, may be a mere 5% would have also not got convinced to extend their service……. strange is the belief and stranger is the action!
These questions are always lingering in my mind since the adolescence, without an answer, like our old friend Harry Belafonte did never get his reply about the ‘Bird & Bee’ either from his father or from Sigmund Freud!
Love to all.