Sunday, April 26, 2009

The earth is our mother.

We are born in it and when we die, we dissolve into it. We are made of it and into it we go.
Earth is considered as sacred. Without it we wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be expounding our philosophy; we wouldn’t be showing our strength against each other. We wouldn’t be talking about who has more strength; or who should listen to whom and who should obey.
It wouldn’t be possible if earth were not here. We wouldn’t be here too. You wouldn’t come to me saying your religion is greater than mine, my philosophy and way of life is better than yours.
You wouldn’t think that you are a better person than the other one just because there is difference in colour, religion or the way of life. Just slash across these people. It is the red blood that flows.
Look at the lakes, rivers and streams that flow through the world, there is no difference. It is the water that keeps all of us going. If we have the same red blood running in our veins, it is the water that keeps us going. Sadly, we don’t realise it.
We have become territorial, like those dogs that bark in Thimphu streets. When they bark tourists from USA and Europe, who come to visit our ecologically and culturally pristine country, are deprived of their beauty sleep. Poor guys. Our guests are inconvenienced. Our dogs don’t have manners.
Industrialised nations feel that they have a right to produce. How much they produce greenhouse gas is none of the third world’s problem. We have no right to question them. That is the general idea that they throw across the world. Survival of the fittest?
Hobbes was right and relevant even at this time when one nation fights another in the name of democracy. I thought he was irrelevant and was only a part of the political science that they used to teach in the colleges a long way back.
What is sad is that at this point in human history, we are all going back – if we were going back into our pre-historic era, I would be happy. Then we would depend on what the earth has to offer. We can continue to live for the next day.
The big question is can we continue to live on?
Globalisation has brought us together. Every one is talking about globalisation. Every one talks from the immediate advantage or benefit that one hopes to reap. Globalisation to my mind reeks of the East India Company taking the raw materials and flooding the market. I might be wrong.
Earth day, April 22, 2009, talks of ‘The Green Generation.’ That is fine. The mountain above my village this year had no snows this year. The stream was small and we had a problem trying to share the water from the communal stream.
The world’s glaciers in the Alps and the Himalayas are receding. A Tibetan in Michael Palin’s book said that the Himalay is the water tank of Asia. If the glaciers are melting, how long will the water tank last.
Consider the Arctic and Antarctic shelves melting. And Maldives and other island nations being swamped by rising sea water. Are we going back to where life started?
These are questions that western countries, who ignored Montreal and Kyoto protocols, have to answer. Their economic bullying should not kill our earth. The carbon trading is not going to help. It is just an excuse for these powerful nations to go about their business.

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