Saturday, February 6, 2010

Where is the unregulated materialism taking us?!

A human life in today's world especially an urban world surely needs materialism to survive. But to what extent?
At the cost of our life and the nature? How happy are we compared  to the yesteryears?! Or have we forgotten what happiness and harmony is, and associated it with ruthless materialistic and possessive mentality?
Well its something for all of us to ponder upon!

In this context I'd like to quote an excerpt from Kenneth Anderson's classic "This is the Jungle", it goes like this:

'India will be much poorer - the whole world will be poorer - when the wild places of this earth and of this land are bereft of their animal life , and mankind has grown so materially-minded that the calm, sweet hour of solitude and meditation will have become lost to him forever.
May those who read these stories and who love the quiet corners of the earth and the humble creatures that dwell therein, do their utmost before it is too late to instill in the minds and consciences of grosser comrades an appreciation of these lovely places and their denizens, so that these may be allowed to continue to exist unmolested and un-harassed in their natural surroundings. Many of these beautiful spots, as we knew them in days long gone by, have since resounded to the thud of the wood-cutter's axe. They exist no longer and have become barren tracts of land, victims to the ever-hungry octopus of human and industrial expansion. Glens that a few years ago echoed to the roar of the tiger and the trumpetting of elephants are now totally bereft of jungle life. How sad it is for those who knew them as they once were to visit such places again!
     It is almost too late already, but there is just a little time and a few hidden areas left. If the public of India and of the remaining countries of the world that still possess them do not become conscious of this rich heritage now, and take immediate steps to safeguard and preserve what is left, all too soon it will be too late and this valuable asset will be gone forever.'
  He further says-
    'It is my earnest desire to arouse in all of you readers a love of the jungle and its animals that will help to move public opinion to legislate for their protection from wanton destruction and slaughter. Should this book, or any of my earlier stories succeed even a little in achieving such a purpose, I will indeed have accomplished a worthy mission.'