We have proved that earth is round but yet we still are living in a square world. How?
Round world signifies a world without borders, boundaries and limits. Wherever you turn, you never find a wall. Your horizon is limited by your ideas.
We still live in a square world though. Where there are bound by Society, Law, Morals, Obligations, Racialism, Duties, etc.. Some are necessary evils. Some are just man-made obstacles.
Its we who have to decide how we live our life.
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The mirrored windows were keeping off the intense rays of
the Arabic sun, giving the vast expanse of desert a magical look, the wind
whooshing past carrying with it the fragrance of the sea, the heat of the sun,
the dust of the desert. There was turquoise sea at one end clashing brightly
with the deep brown and yellow of the smouldering sands.
And there I was, standing right there...in the middle of the
wonders of Mother Nature ...surrounded by man-made wonders. More than half a
mile above the ground, at the highest observation deck on 125th
floor of the tallest building in the world. I was truly at the top taking in
the exotic mix of sand, steel, stone, surf and sea.
Suddenly, as if my eyes had switched to another gear, I saw
sea floors being raised to create towering building, oil being pumped
uninterrupted 24x7, rivers being diverted to supply the cities, garbage being
dumped in the ocean making it toxic. Man was causing havoc on Mother Nature.
But then I thought, shrugged and said “It must have been necessary” and did
Some months later I was on a vacation in Coorg.
Nestled in the lush green embrace of the forests, the aroma
of half ripe fruits littering the slopes of the forests, the crunch of the dry
leaves, the cackling of the birds, the shade of the trees and the smell of
fresh , crisp air laced with the suggestion of rain transports the person into
another realm altogether. Mother Nature had provided everything I could desire.
Far off, I saw a truck chugging up the mountain, thick black
fumes billowing out of its engine. It was carrying a load of timber. My eyes,
as if just opened, started taking in the presence of plastic bottles, food
wrappers, soda cans and papers thrown carelessly about the forest grounds, the
air being polluted by the passing trucks and buses and the river being turned
into a private dumping ground, and again, I did nothing.
Back home, driving through the roads, I recollected the
“neglect” shown towards nature. If that was neglect, then my city seemed like a
dumping ground. If oil was being pumped 24x7, it was only because we were
consuming it in a frenzied way. It was at that moment, when I put my head down
in shame, because I realised, I was equally to be blamed for this state of
Fellow toastmasters, we all have a responsibility towards
Mother Nature. Forest land, an area equivalent of 4 football fields is been
chopped down every hour, the hides of majestic animals are used to decorate our
walls, embellish our ornaments or put beneath our feet.
The much awaited rainfalls, under which we used to play,
float boats and which always formed a backdrop for a romantic song in the
movies, is now raining acids and harms our skins. The mountains whose majestic
peaks covered in snow formed a glittering crown, are now crownless. The mighty
rivers and sprawling lakes with their crystal clear water, reflecting the sun’s
ray, mirroring the sky, which were a source of livelihood for thousands of
fishermen and a symbol of worship are now tainted with the poisonous waste from
the factories. Fishes and reptiles floating on the surface, dead, and washing
ashore the banks, a grim reminder of the “man-handling” of nature.
Friends, it is high time we took responsibility for our actions.
I know that many of us feel “What can I do alone? It would hardly make a
difference.” Or “I am actively involved in environment. I sign a lot of
petitions of environmental organisations” But does that really help us? Does it
bring us one step closer to a harmonious life with Mother Nature? NO, IT DOES
We need to learn the 3R’s. No, they are not read, write and
but Reduce, Reuse and
We leave our fans and light switched on when we go out, we
ask the waiter to fill our glasses when all we need is just a sip. We have to
stop wasting resources or at least reduce it. I make it a point to switch off
the lights when leaving a room. I ask the waiter to fill only the glass as much
as I require. It has now become a habit.
If we cannot reduce, we should reuse the item or donate them
to those in need. Donate appliances and books to the community centres.
Newspapers and cardboard covers can be reused for packing and storage. Old
clothes make good cushion covers. My mom uses plastic bags as dustbin covers around
Finally, we should always recycle items. Electronic items,
glass products ,batteries and printer
cartridges are easily recyclable products. We have to make an effort and
deposit those items to recycling centres. This in the end would benefit us in
the long run.
Imagine, it is year 2200 ... people are standing in endless
queues to get a cup of water, people suffering from skin diseases and
heart/lung diseases due to excessive pollution... world without any trees... Do
you want to leave a world like this to your great grand children? Improve your
future...no...let us improve our future...by