Friday, March 18, 2011

I Know I'm Just A Whisper

It is the way this song – Can You Hear Me by Poets Of The Fall - starts and progresses, what it says that drives me into an eclectic moment when I feel lifted by the music. It stirs something deep inside of me. All that had comfortably settled at the bottom. Much like stirring murky waters, I find the dirt rising and I find myself thinking about all that makes me unhappy about this world. I find tears clouding my eyes. It hurts badly somewhere deep inside.

We are killing the planet. We are killing each other. The planet is indulging in its own sweet revenge. For how long can it stay the victim?

We had got a gift. A green planet that had no equal for many hundred light years around, or at least that’s what it seems like. We had companions, human and otherwise, and we had a symbiotic system. We had each other. And it could have been our happily ever after.

But we decided that the land wasn’t enough for ourselves. So we usurped the skies and the seas and put our carriers out there. We started invading territories – of birds, fish, animals and even other humans. It was like the human race had this rage accumulated from its past collective incarnation and it was dying to come out. And we started killing and maiming. For the most trivial reasons.

We killed for conquest. We killed in the name of religion. We killed simply because the humans on a new land were not as civilized as or similar to ourselves (thinking about the brutal treatment and massacre of the American natives by the Spanish simply because the natives were found to be so uncivilized that they couldn’t have been human and deserved to be killed) We killed animals either for consumption, vanity or entertainment. We killed the green cover that was the key to sustaining this planet. 

And then we got down to more detail as we became more advanced. Now we kill for land, we kill our own kin, we kill because we don’t like being inconvenienced on the road and we still kill for religion. As long as we are killing I don’t think we care about the whys, whose and the whats. 

Weren’t we supposed to be the most evolved of all of God’s creation (of all creatures, for atheists)? Weren’t we supposed to have had the rationale, logic and discretion that would help us make good decisions? Weren’t we supposed to have protected the weaker ones? How is it that it is the lesser evolved beings that continue living in harmony with nature and obey/follow its cycles whereas we, the more intelligent ones (?) have done whatever wrong it is that we could have done in this collective human lifetime? Or is it just that this planet ‘is self-destructive in 5 billion years’?

I can only think of one solution that the creators of this song seem to be perpetrating too. Compassion is the answer.

So let’s love. More. Let’s eliminate hate from our hearts. Let’s accommodate and include. Let’s look at another as a fellow human being and not judge him by his choices be it his choice to be Hindu/Muslim/Christian/Sikh/Catholic/Protestant/Sunni/Shia/Brahmin/Vaishya/Shudra/Parsi/Buddhist/Bahai or his choice to be straight/gay/lesbian or his choice to conform/rebel or any other of his choices. Let’s understand that if animals weren’t meant to play a significant role in our survival, this planet’s survival, they probably wouldn’t have been around in the first place (and no, I don’t consider them losing the battle to machine guns and bulldozers as an example of ‘survival of the fittest’…let’s talk survival Man Vs Wild, unarmed and then we’ll see who really wins). Let’s love everything about this planet and preserve it as we would our own children and our own loved ones. Let’s let love and compassion be the guiding principles in a day and age when logic and emotion seem to have all but disappeared from the planet…only anger and madness rule.

So let’s love. Let’s be compassionate. Let’s remember the reasons and the differences that make us human – our rationale, our reason and our ability to sympathize. Let’s all be part of the solution.

Let’s save the planet. Let’s save each other. Let’s save ourselves.

I know I’m just a whisper in cyberspace or any other space for that matter but as Marko’s powerful voice conveys in the song below: Love will find an answer.

5 Thinkers Pondered:

Raksha Bhat said...

Only love will find an answer,our moral tanks are floating with dirt and weeds and only tsunamis or tornadoes can stir them up!Well written Anupama.

Good day:)
Raksha Bhat

Nirupama said...

I would like to believe these are the characteristics of Kalyug! Where people are ready to kill each other!
Sad state as it is, let's try our best to spread peace and love :)

Tigerstone said...

What's happening Anu? Mid-life crisis? You suddenly realised that you are not a kid anymore? Hahahaha.

Everytime the world gets to me, I return the favour, I choose not to grow up. I cut my hair real short. I am currently oiling and cleaning my bicycle. Soon I'll be on it. My way to telling the big bad world out there that I shall not be ruled! I refuse to grow up.

You up for it? Or are you going to sit in an asharam and chant Om 50 times? :)

Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

An emphatic "agree!" this is one of those thigns that's been eating my brain too. Why can't we just fall in love with the planet, and make our lives simple?
Wonderfully written!!! :)
You have a fan in me!

Raksha Bhat said...

This is for something that I found in your writing:)

Good day:)