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Consequent upon the cataclysmic spate of Covid-19 which was marked by a trail of newfangled diseases like dengue, delta, omega and so forth, the reconstruction work was set in motion at a blistering pace. But, scrutinizing the seedbed of this infamous episode of contemporary history, one can undeniably conceive that man’s reckless, rapacious and injudicious exploitation and misappropriation of the natural resources have begot or engendered an insuperable chasm, a formidable imbalance and an impregnable asymmetry in the natural environment. Furthermore, this debacle or apocalypse is also symptomatic of the hopeless moral degradation of man, which will infallibly spell out the ultimate retribution of the perpetrators of this heinous, imprudent and inexpiable crime.
The unwarrantable transgression of social, cultural and natural boundaries by man led by his insatiable ambition augurs a bleak, precarious and a tenebrific prospect for the future generation. Unfortunately, no one is prepared to shoulder the onus of burden for it, rather, one takes immense delight in shifting the blame to each other – a supreme case of dereliction and digression from the righteous path. It is evident that we are not devoid of any temerity in having developed an incorrigibly mean, niggardly and parochial motive for every worthwhile aspect of life.
There is no gainsaying the fact that we’ve gone too far in having devised the most sophisticated technologies and innovations like lie detectors, artificial intelligence, to count a few, but it is also irrefutable that we have relapsed into relegating our cultural majesty to a deplorable nadir. Hence, there is urgency for a determined and unflagging action to ameliorate the situation and subdue the widespread calamities let loose by the hydra-headed monster of Corona. The UNO scientists and other world organizations have been making strenuous and assiduous efforts to eradicate the problem and assuage the misery. What is essential here is not just realizing the amplitude of the problem but resorting to concrete steps to extirpate it. Things will become consistent when everybody in the entire world starts playing their role in their own way to defend and protect the sanctity and inviolability of the natural environment.
“History teaches us that man learns nothing from history.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The epic Mahabharata war wrought untold havoc and destruction. But, fortuitously, the damage was recompensed, and subsequently, a stable and enduring state was carved out by the staunch and steadfast will of Yudhisthira. Notwithstanding it, what lessons have we derived from this gallant saga of defeat, capitulation and, thereafter, final revival and resuscitation of the tottering state under the Pandavas? The answer is certainly equivocal and ambiguous. The need of the hour is for everyone to awaken to the realization that it is everyone’s solemn and sacrosanct obligation to extend their bit of contribution and cooperation magnanimously in reconstructing a safer and better world for all. This will bring about innumerable benefits to the whole humanity marked by remarkable social transformation, intellectual development and an assured future for the coming generations.
So, let’s not wait for any auspicious moment, let’s begin now – slowly but steadily, choosing the sound and ethical path so that we can say with pride and elation, ‘Yes, we have made a difference, and our heads stand high.’ The desires and aspirations to live will certainly be enkindled, a new significance of life will start burgeoning, and our dampened spirits will spruce up. So, let’s act upon Guy Finley’s exhortatory appeal, “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”
(Dr. H S Vashistha)