Things were simpler in the past. Global warming wasn’t as pressing an issue as now, the air wasn’t as polluted and life wasn’t as hectic.
It’s no doubt that creature comforts like modern technology and cars have made life more comfortable. It’s very easy now to keep in touch with loved ones, or drive anywhere you fancy.
However, to every positive, there has to be a negative. Modernisation and industrialisation has brought about adverse change to the environment. The more modern the world becomes, the more polluted it also becomes.
And, everyone seems to be jumping on the ‘Save the Earth’ bandwagon. However, in our quest to fix our planet, we may end up making things worse.
Just like how our drive to create a more comfortable life, ends up complicating it further.
I’ll illustrate this with a story.
“A student was meditating but kept getting distracted by a mouse scurrying around him.
He complained to his teacher and he told him to get a cat that would eventually scare the mouse away.
He heeded his advice and the mouse was soon gone. However, he now had another problem – the cat wouldn’t stop meowing.
So, he went back to his teacher and he said to give the cat some milk as it was probably thirsty.
To produce milk for the cat, the student got a cow.
Now he had both the cow and the cat to take care of.
It eventually got to be too much for the poor student so his teacher advised him to get a wife who could help him.
The student got married and soon, had children.
Now, with a family to provide for, he had no choice but to take on a job for money.”
So, in the end, was one mouse really a problem? In getting rid of it, the student brought more complications into his life. By fixing one problem, 10 more arose.
The same can be said of our planet. In our mission to fight climate change, we might be hastening the process.
Hence, the moral of the story is: Don’t try to fix the planet; it is perfect the way it is.
Group Managing Director