A week before and also a week after the 5th of June, which was observed as the World Environment Day, people all over the world were talking of preservation of environment, what has gone wrong and what are the many ways and means of conserving what we have available as natural resources.
It seems that the most essential items for survival are soil, water and air because each one was concentrating on global warming through these three materials. Be it audio, visual or print media, or the many rallies and marathons, the seminars and debates – just talking of the outside environment.
But there are those emancipated few who spoke of the dependence of environment on religious, economic, social and cultural developments. Again the issues discussed where outside of each individuals body within which the mind exists.
For a moment let us imagine everything is perfect on the outside, eg. the sun is shining at the right temperature, the breeze is cool, the soil is perfect, the landscape around is soothing to the eyes. The birds are chirping in soft tones, the political machinery is running smoothly, society has not declared any war against the cultural changes and the temple bells are ringing with the Azaan outside a Church near the Guruduwara.
Wouldn’t one feel on top of the world? Wouldn’t one say “This is paradise, this is paradise!’’ No? Why? What more does one want? Is this not perfect? No pollution, clear water, clean surroundings. Then a voice is heard, “What does my future hold for me?” And another voice says, “God knows why my parents are fighting so bitterly” and yet another voice says, “I am a post graduate without a job” and another voice says “Oh My God, will I be able to adjust in the house of my In-laws?”
These murmurings do not even give the chance to the individuals concerned to look around at the perfection of nature. So the question arises what really is environment?
It should actually be defined as “Environment is what we create for ourselves through our thought process, our attitudes and our acceptance of whatever occurs in our lifetime. Environment is avoiding others to influence us and also not thrusting our norms on others.
Environment is not the need to set things correct because we think they are wrong but to accept with humility and adjust to whatever we are surrounded with.
That does not mean that we must stop making the effort of saving that which we have and working for what we do not have. Acceptance does not mean resignation, rather it means making that extra effort to leave the world a better place than we found it. Even as we sit under the shade of a tall tree sowed by the great grand generation, acceptance means sowing fresh seeds in every field for a place of rest for someone five generations down the line.
Acceptance does not only mean to pick that banana skin on the path and throw it in the dustbin or to check smoking in public places. It is also important to do away with beggary, dowry, flesh trade, child labour and it also means giving the healing touch to those who suffer from substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, illiteracy etc.
It is this idealist environment that each one should work towards. Statistics will be found for the physical surroundings but if a single heart/existence is touched by this written piece then the true definition of environment would be inscribed in the very existence of human beings.