While we humans think that we rule nature and claim power over it, in reality we are being held captive in our own prison which is slowly shaping itself in a different pattern in each life. Whether in micro or macro scale, it has started to affect the balance between humans and Earth. The curiosity in every human is growing with everlasting unsatisfactory lust and desire, making the whole scenario worse and worse. We haven’t spared anything that has been in the path of our growth, development and evolution. Humans have surpassed every other life and structure. It does not matter how high a bird flies, we are still able to capture them; the animals so fast or deadly get killed by humans; the poisonous insect gets crushed under our feet; the fish that swim deep underwater get caught; the jungle, full of trees far taller and stronger with its roots deep underground, gets destroyed. We have been able to forge a road in high mountains piercing through their solid rock and even build a great city in a deep ocean. It seems as if nothing is impossible for us but we are not sensing the danger comes from our own self, own kind and our own deeds.

We are growing insane day by day and don’t want to accept this fact that is so simple, instead we want to make it more complicated and try to get satisfaction from it, even though we know it’s not right. We are happy fighting with each other in the name of religion, caste, income, colour, state, country, continent or any difference we can make in order to dominate each other. Taking the life of another and destroying nature have become our habits which we seem so passionate about. But if we continue like this for several years, then the earth itself will be a big prison for us, more vicious and dark than we could ever imagine.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

― Albert Einstein

 

by Lajan Maharjan