Earth is 98% full. Please delete anyone you can,” said someone pointing at the way we have inhabited the earth effecting a catastrophe every time we think and plan a development for the earth, leaving out other creatures from the face of the earth.
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth,” said Archimedes. Arthur C. Clarke gave yet another grim picture of the earth we have inhabited, saying: “The earth is simply too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” The phenomenon we see around disturbs us tremendously.
Jean Paul Sartre says in “No Exit” that hell is other people. Commenting on this Alan Alda said, “Well, our task in life is to make it heaven. Or at least earth.” Heaven seems to be best place to live. The earth is always placed as the next best. So, it does not surprise us when Alan Alda remarked this way.
The earth with all its problems, intriguing issues and concerns is a place that has to be set right if not to the original stature that God created. Although, the earth is still the most loved place for most of us. It is here we are born; developed our consciousness; known about various other creatures that live and die like us; and, it is here that we philosophized and got a glimpse of truth; it is here that we find meaning and spend the rest of the days in pursuit of that. Albert Einstein puts these ideas across so beautifully. “Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, as without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets.”
The scientists and experts in climate change are worried about the harm done to the earth in a large scale. While this fear existed some years ago due to the over use of atomic weapons of mass destruction, Albert Einstein wrote, “I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two thirds of the people of the earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.”
“The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of those diseases is man.” Wrote Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. A sad remark indeed. Man is the sole responsible creature for these havocs done to the earth and the blame keeps mounting on people who claim to lead the way to development and prosperity.
Of late, there is a lot of doubt about the way our planners have tried to give solutions to the climate change issues. While men have never sufficiently paid attention to the earth that provides for our everyday sustenance. The intelligentsia is still inert. There are millions of learned people to whom we look up to for solutions to this problem, but, they are of no use when the ultimate mechanism to restore the conditions of the earth is at stake. Speaking about this Al Rogers said, “In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
We seem to have arrived too late to offer a solution. That is the key to the whole problem.
Man should not leave this earth with unfinished business. He should live each day building up the earth. There is a lack of responsible ownership starting from well developed nations to the ones who are deprived of even the basic amenities of life. Each in his own way and proportion adds to the problem. There is a craze for amassing as much as possible as if we will store them up in the next world.
Looking at the way we shop, buy and amass things, Anne Tyler said, “Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul-chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!” That would make a poor picture of us humans who claim to be the masters of the universe. Instead along with E.B. White, we should be able to say humbly, “I have (only) one share in corporate earth, and I am nervous about the management.”
And Finally, we can say that we have achieved success when we have lived well, laughed often and loved much; when we have filled our niche and accomplished our task; when we have left the world better than we found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; when we never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; when we have always looked for the best in others and given them the best we have; when our life was an inspiration; and, when our memory is a benediction.
Whatever happens to the earth happens to the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not create each particle of the earth or in anyway responsible for them. We ourselves are merely a combination of a miniature universe. But, we need to remember this one thing: what we do to the universe, we do to ourselves!