Why was Newton sitting under a tree when he discovered the gravitation of earth, one of the most noteworthy discoveries of the time? Probably he was enjoying nature, or even if he wasn’t, he was, certainly, thinking about the drama of nature that made the apple fall. Today is no exception: trees talk, flowers blush, mountains roar and water springs dance. By and large, nature speaks, in one way or the other. But we people, the most intelligent of all the creatures, are unable to listen to the beautiful rhymes of nature.
Have you ever seen the sky on dark nights of winter? Stars whisper there, they even make noise, but that noise does not disturb the ones who don’t jump out of their routine life and the ones who don’t have time to focus on the murmuring of such marvelous heavenly bodies. In fact, mother nature is quite egoistic. She does not talk to the people who don’t listen to her. Here comes a question: why are we unable to enjoy the mesmerizing beauties around us? We don’t appreciate the looks of a charming woman, the blessing of the creator. We don’t feel the sweet fragrance of children’s smiles. We even, most of the time, don’t pay attention to our inner voices. Are we dead inside? Or, we have slowly molded ourselves into the deadly duffers who don’t live but pass the life as fatigue.
To answer this complex question, we have to render a visit to our history. How mankind evolved and transformed into the current form. Let your imagination takes you to the pre-historic time when there was no concept of private ownership. People were hunter-gatherers and were enjoying their life at the most. J.J Rousseau, the famous Genevan philosopher, calls it the state of nature and believes that it was the most beautiful time man has ever witnessed. After the state of nature, the concept of private ownership took birth and spawned the moral decay of humanity.
The needles of the clock kept ticking. A number of different religions kept entertaining the masses. Some of them have met their end while some are still haunting humanity in their domains, and then the vivid picture of the industrial revolution emerged on the canvas. The industrial revolution of the 18th century erupted in England, but its perilous germs spread in the entire world. The ferocious event took the power of labor and gave it to the hands of capitalists. The good thing about capitalists is they have a super grip over their work: exploitation of the poor. They exactly know how to play with the priceless feelings of the oppressed ones. Their art helped them a lot and, without the limitation of geographical boundaries, they flourished their regimes with the blood and sweat of the laborers.
At present, people of the world are busy fulfilling their unending needs. World Bank states that more than one-third of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty, i.e., less than $1.90 per day. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. Women are being raped, children are being molested and youth are being deprived of opportunities. Powerful beasts are suppressing the weak individuals to the extent that the subjugated class is even unable to live freely. Kashmir, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, and name any poor region of the world, each of them is depicting the cruel nature of man. The problem is not actually how to overcome the grim situation. Because the man of the modern era is smart enough to devise a plan which may lead the world towards peace and prosperity.
Man has been hiding his vicious intentions under the colorful covers, for example, League of Nations after World War 1, or the United Nations after World War 2. He has been designing development goals, be it MDGs, or SDGs. But unfortunately, mankind is still suffering across the globe. Every powerful individual is subduing the fragile nuts of the society, the poor. World powers are divided into status quo and revisionist blocks. Third-world countries are being run by opportunists who are playing in the hands of global and regional doyens. In a nutshell, the socioeconomic status of the man is deteriorating.
The very reason for this fiasco is the lack of Inclusive institutions as mentioned in James Robinson’s “Why Nations Fail”. Inclusive institutions are the byproduct of democracy and fair accountability. Despite all the technological advancement man is unable to address the actual solution of the problems of mankind. Social problems are linked with economic drawbacks, which are based, somehow, on political lacunas. From where to start this journey of prosperity, which will ultimately lead the society towards peace and the state of nature. Maybe we have to figure out the problems first, then prioritize them, find solutions, and start implementing them. Is it that easy? No, a big NO. If it would be that simple, it must have been solved now.
It is the muddle of confusion where every single individual has his own problems, which may overlap others but largely of different nature. Then what to do? What about framing a mindset that can flow against the problematic streams of life with a steady and unequivocal attitude. Oh, but what is that mindset and how will it be discovered, keeping in mind that hundreds of thousands of intellectuals have not done it yet. It is simple and complex. The problem lies in the fact that man has become deeply involved in his lust for selfish needs. He has lost the love for nature. It is high time to go back to this lost track. When people will start listening to the beauties around, it will soften their hearts. It will let their cruelness be influenced by the appealing smiles of nature. I don’t know if it is going to be that smooth, but I am sure, it will ultimately bring the required joy and happiness in our lives. Now it is up to us. We can either wait for it to happen or can start it by ourselves.
Syed Shabih Ul Hasnain is a freelance journalist and E-commerce entrepreneur.
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