Floods and heavy rainfall have unleashed terror and suffering in all parts of Kerala over the last couple of days. It’s made me think whether man is making himself a victim of nature. Such heavy rainfall used to occur every year, but I don’t think monsoon was always associated with such widespread suffering. The floods are mainly because of the environmental imbalance created by the unscientific construction of buildings and expansion of cities. Open fields got filled to give way to buildings, rivers got obstructed by dams, and the water has nowhere to flow. The situation is only going to worsen over the next few years.
Until a few decades back, man used to be a part of nature. He used to eat food that grew in his surroundings, used to build his house with materials that he found around him, cured himself with herbs that were in plenty around him(I know, because my Ammamma makes incredibly effective medicines from little plants you’d have dismissed for a weed), when he fell sick. His occupation would change depending on the season. In every way, man was a part of nature, just like every other living thing on earth. What’s man doing today? I almost feel as if man is behaving like an alien creature that landed on this wonderful planet, realized that it’s a treasure trove, and started exploiting it for its shortsighted whims and fancies. After a while, the creature established its authority over the earth, and started devising laws for regulating and legitimising its plundering activity, under the fond name of “progress”. What man has done over the last couple of centuries can be compared to what a set of aliens, intelligent but lacking wisdom, would have done. I feel that Mother Nature could wipe out humanity in one single sweep, but is extremely tolerant like a mother towards her child gone astray, because ultimately we are her children, not aliens. Still people all over the world blame Mother Nature for not giving them sunshine when it rains, and not giving them rain during the hot summers.
How ungrateful and ignorant man is… Albert Einstein once said, “Only two things are infinite- one is the Universe, and the other is man’s stupidity. And I’m not so sure about the former…”