Monday, 22 February 2010

Patience

Sitting at home, waiting for some important documents to arrive - which can let me lead my normal life... led me to think about one rather important aspect of us humans: patience.

I believe that patience with a combination of decision making capability, or lack thereof is what has led us to where we are right now. For example, if early humanoids had not been impatient and decisive enough to move on from their place of origin, the world today might have been quite different.

A few million years to today... think about it, what has become of us? We are mighty impatient and fairly indecisive. A sort of moronic state of development, isn't it? How did we get here?

Today, technology has progressed to allow us the benefit of reaching the world by sitting on our butts and equally it has ensured that we feel disconcerted and disconnected if we are unable to 'know' what is happening - be it in someone's life, think Facebook; or be it in a political environment, think SRK V/s SS so delibilatingly covered on the entire Indian media spectrum. We have to know. And know it right now. Why wait to boot up the computer? The mobile handset is already on, is capable of delivering the information, right? However the next link of decision making - what do we today? Pretty much nothing.

We like to know, but do not want to do anything. Not all of us. But a majority of us. An ad campaign, part of the CSR agenda of a large corporate organisation, is made at a cost that could have actually saved many more than the purported 1411 tigers left in India. Think about it, how many of us have actually done anything other than 'enjoy' the ad in which superstars and prominent personalities of various categories drum in about how they are supporting the 'save the tiger' campaign - but on ground what is really being done?

I visited the Periyar Tiger Reserve recently. Talking to the people on the ground in the forest, I discovered how pathetically ambivalent the real decision makers sitting on top are. I wonder, how many people actually would ever muddy their feet, trekking through a forest and getting leech and tick bitten, just so that they could see how beautiful the wild animals are and how harmonious nature really is? Most people, just want to get into a boat, trawl the lake for a bit, bawl away so loudly that every single animal in the vicinity makes a run for a safer, quieter place and then everyone just cribs about how they didn't see any tigers! How many tigers were saved?

In my opinion, mother nature is very patient. She keeps things in balance, most of the time. She has sustained a million years of humans raping, pillaging, bombing, nuking her - she has not given up on us. Yet. The day she runs out of patience and decides to re-balance, we will learn, really how pathetic we are in our ability to do anything to save ourselves. Each of us are on earth for a short period of time... I hope I can make it count for something. Will you?

The Chances We Take. Or Not.

Book under review: Ahmed Faiyaz,  Another Chance Grey Oak Publishers, 2010 ISBN: 978-93-81626-02-3 Rs. 195 We all know...