October 30, 2007

Tears for the trees? Why?


I have been getting a lot of mails from people all over the world talking about how indiscriminately 'the government/local bodies" are cutting trees in their area, killing dogs... what not... Sometimes I wonder what people are trying to do by protesting against the tree cutting...

Some people recently went and 'hugged the trees' during the road widening on the IT highway (Old Mahabalipuram Road) disrupted traffic for a few hours and then went home to 'eat lunch and sleep'... lot of time, energy and resources wasted.

If they really want to do something... and if I was in their place - I would have spent time negotiating with the bodies responsible for the tree cutting - Transport and Highways departments, CMDA, The Traffic Police and the Corporation - in return for this tree, you will have to plant and maintain 100 saplings within a 10kms radius of this place, move up the timetable on the order for all public transport buses, and autos to run only on CNG and other such effective measures. With each tree felled in the city... you have new demands that are practically workable.

The environment is not going to become better if the tree is blocking traffic and people are taking 20 minutes to pass it... and dumping tones of carbon monoxide and other such grasses around it ...

In the big picture - The last few million years were the 'time of the tree/plant/nature'... today it is the 'time of man'..... soon we will all die and it will once again be the 'time of tree/plant/whatever'.... nature/earth has a way of taking care of itself...

Just like the BSE SENSEX goes thru a correction every so often... nature has them too.... all the tsunamis, earthquakes and cyclones are proof enough...

To all those people who say that we should save the "earth for our children"... please wake up to the fact that the reason the earth is what it is today is because people indiscriminately "had children" and they are all adults now ready to have more "children"... indiscriminately!

Pray tell where is the space? We have but only one planet... and the available area is finite on this planet... The Moon and Mars will not be available for 'relocation' till at least 2020

Wake up... let the world go the way it is going... let the next few generations live like they want to ... and then let nature take over...

If your karma is "right"... you might just be back here (on earth... in this dimension) and enjoy life as a cockroach, spider, squrrel, dog or maybe even a tiger...

3 comments:

Tycoonthangraj said...

Harsha babu, I doubt if you(or any sane human, who probably constitute a minuscule .003% of the population) could have expressed their views in a better way. And if I had a choice on reincarnation and Karma in the same dimension, I would be happy being a mental retard in a dubious institution, more so because i would be oblivious to all that's happening, and would not have to pretend that I was trying to make a difference to the way the world viewed things.

SADHANA RAMCHANDER said...

Harsha - Your writeup made me think a great deal, and I feel your proposition is great theoretically, but it is not practical. Two points:
(1)I agree that nature takes its own course, but it is certainly necessary to protect trees, and to plant more trees.
(2) Having children is natural too; it is a basic human need like eating, sleeping, or sex, and it takes a very mature, in fact, spiritually inclined person to give up this need. Unfortunately, there are not too many such people around.

- Harsha Koda - said...

Sadhana, Thanks for the comments...

1. You have not said WHY it is important to protect/plant trees... i reckon it is for the benefit of humans... not for the earth.

2. If you read Tycoon Thangaraj's comment you will see that I'm part of a very elite/rare/special band of humans who think differently :)