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Once upon a time

June 7, 2011
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… a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness

All the animals drew near to him and said: We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us whatever you wish and you shall have it.
The man said: I want to have good sight.
The vulture replied: You shall have mine.
The man said: I want to be strong.
The jaguar said: You shall be strong like me.
Then the Man said: I long to know the secrets of the earth.
The serpent said: I will show them to you.

So it went with all the animals.
And when the Man could have all the gifts that they could give… He left…

The  owl said to the other animals: Now the Man knows much and is able to do many things… Suddenly I am afraid
The deer said: The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.
But the owl replied: No. I saw a hole in the Man. Deep like hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking… until one day the World will say:
I am no more and I have nothing left to give.

That night the animals kept sitting together… fear would not let them sleep… they were trying to look into the future, to see what the Man would do.

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  1. biren permalink
    June 7, 2011 15:38

    the other part of the story…

    after a long while… long after the owl’s prophecy was seeming to come true, the animals found the proof of god…. of nature…

    that while the man hungrily grasped, uprooted, snatched everything he could see – to fill himself… the hole in him was working as an outlet to spread the things he had collected hungrily.
    he had been made into a channel of ‘spreader’ of the nature’s abundance in his journey of filling his thirst and hunger.

    the animal’s knew now, that no one – not even man – can be really harmful when there was such a loving, all inclusive god as nature… who could turn every war into a rally of embrace and love.
    they knew, they were safe.

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    • June 7, 2011 15:56

      It is difficult to see it this way.. when we know that 137 species are getting extinct every single day from the face of earth.. We are just going on and on oblivious to all that..

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  2. biren permalink
    June 7, 2011 16:10

    yes, amit… it IS difficult. and for me, i mean. to see what i have written. and so i hv written a ‘story’… a fiction… a hope of the heart… but it comes from the faith in the flair of the creative nature.
    it is difficult to see, but i know… that i am THAT man. and i know the ‘hole in my pot’…
    but i also have seen the power of nature-god…

    in some form, my part of story will be played out, or must already be playing out…

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    • June 7, 2011 16:37

      I agree with you. I cannot say that I do not have faith in mother nature and do not trust in the power of nature-God (not that i understand her completely). I think I do. And I know that she would work her way through (through Men or otherwise). And the story (your story) would be played out.

      So when I say it is difficult to see it this way – I mean it is disheartening to see how Men have misused the Intelligence given to them. I hope they actively play a role in the story you envision

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      • June 7, 2011 18:57

        If God is perfect and everything is created by him, then God will have no special liking or preference towards anyone .. So if a man destroys everything on earth do you expect God to come and save us?
        If ever there is a perfect soul and one day he wanted to manifest himself or it could be herself, at this moment he or she is sitting in perfect bliss not caring for what we are doing? Because if he has preference for one of the species, then he is not perfect and if for whatever reasons one justifies that he has preference for man, than that will be a crime against those innocent creatures whose pain we cannot understand

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  3. R Basu permalink
    June 7, 2011 17:15

    “I am no more and I have nothing left to give”
    Thanks Amit.. One more beautiful story to shake us thoroughly from within.

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  4. June 7, 2011 18:50

    hehe … i also saw similar thing .. I saw a man and all that happened .. but the ending was little different … after giving everything, all the animals slept peacefully under open sky and man after getting everything is searching for sleep

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  5. bharatvijay permalink
    June 8, 2011 08:29

    We do know that this is a problem Amit, but is there a solution?
    A man needs to earn so that he can sustain himself and his family, and so he works. The system in place today is exploiting this very need, and channelizing it to produce more goods and services than necessary. One look at the TV would tell you that man is also being taught to consume more and waste more. There is no balancing side to it, and hence nature is bearing the brunt of it.

    What I can perceive as a distant solution, is to educate the young ones with the importance of conservation and need based consumption. But frankly, working in the industry myself, and knowing how big the system is and how large the production volumes are, it would be indeed challenging to even attempt at anything like this.

    Bharat

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    • June 8, 2011 09:24

      Bharat, you have clearly stated the problem (that is impossible to tackle) you understand and proposed a possible solution 🙂

      I am not taking any sides here but purely based on your understanding of problem and solution, let me ask you –
      What makes you an integral part of the problem and not the solution, and what does your heart tell you?
      What makes you think “it would be indeed challenging to even attempt at anything like this”?

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  6. bharatvijay permalink
    June 8, 2011 20:20

    “Challenging” is different from “Impossible”

    However, I did say so from the perspective of a common man. Why would he even care what happens to nature or any one else for that sake, when most of his time and energy is spent in earning his daily bread. All he is concerned is to do what is told to him which is direclty or indirectly linked to the above problem of over production and over consumption.
    It can be safely assumed that the prevalent system thirves on, and is governed by competition and ignores the impact on nature (to a large extent).

    Now, if this is to change, and lets say, a just system that takes decisions based on the enviornemntal impact of each of its action, is to be incorporated, it would require changes of humongous magnitude.

    Firstly, the present day economics which is based on visible numbers would need to change and accomodate enviornmental footprint, which is more intangible. We all know that Kyoto protocol has not been taken as seriously, as it should have been.

    Secondly, industries just cannot afford to cut down on their production capacities. They would simply die down if they did otherwise, which cannot happen. The system is well established, it is complex and is designed with the view of perpetual increase in production and exploitation of resources.Would a manager, ever take a stand to reduce the output, just because he feels that the enviornment is deteriorating because of it? Organisations are filled with people who prefer to think about their appraisals rather than enviornment, and they work to achieve it.

    Thirdly, lets say, even if the above points are somehow taken care of, do you really think that man is selfless enough, not to seek his own benefit at the cost of enviornment? If one man decides to stop misusing the resources, would not be there10 more ready to take the advantage?

    It is not just a question of what my heart says to me or what your heart says to you. Everything his interlinked. Had it been otherwise, no one with decent intellect would choose to be ignorant on this subject.

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    • June 8, 2011 21:42

      Hmmm… I do agree to a part of your comment, especially the parts where you have reinstated the challenge the system poses. Here are a few things I do not agree to at this point of time in my life (may be I will sometime later) and a few questions for you –

      1. If one man decides to stop misusing the resources, would not be there10 more ready to take the advantage? – May be yes, may be not… How does that matter and should it deter that one man from doing something that he feels is right? I had read somewhere – The wrong path is easy to take, easy to walk on, it does not require effort.. the right one will require a lot of effort and courage.. (And here I am not making any judgement on what is right and wrong)
      2. It is not just a question of what my heart says to me or what your heart says to you. Everything his interlinked. Had it been otherwise, no one with decent intellect would choose to be ignorant on this subject. – I think it always matter what the heart (your inner self) tells you, more so coz everything is interlinked..
      3. Secondly, industries just cannot afford to cut down on their production capacities. They would simply die down if they did otherwise, which cannot happen. – Yes, I agree, but on the other side we both can see the world dying. You tell me what should we do?
      4. Would a manager, ever take a stand to reduce the output, just because he feels that the enviornment is deteriorating because of it? – Forget about ‘the manager’, You tell me would you or would you not, if you are in his place?
      5. Organisations are filled with people who prefer to think about their appraisals rather than enviornment, and they work to achieve it. – Do not talk about people, talk about yourself.. you make people.. what you think is what ‘common man’ thinks
      6. Why would he (common man) even care what happens to nature or any one else for that sake, when most of his time and energy is spent in earning his daily bread – There are many so called common man who do care as to what happens to nature. There are many who still think about the next generations and would like to leave earth in better condition for them. And yet many who have got themselves entangled (not for daily bread) but for wants much beyond those..
      7. Your last statement – Had it been otherwise, no one with decent intellect would choose to be ignorant on this subject. – Have you ever wondered what could have been the reason? Why weren’t you ever taught about all this in schools (the fact that out of 14% evergreen forest cover only 6% remains)? Why have you not been told in schools and college that corporations play a great role in the damage happening to mother earth (I would not call it merely environment damage)? – My understanding is that all this is done deliberately, Coz had it been otherwise, than you would not have submitted yourself to the tyranny of the system (that you very well accept)

      You need not answer immediately.. But do think about the questions I have raised

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  7. Gayathri permalink
    November 6, 2011 23:23

    nice nice nice – but still leaves us feeling sad….wish we could just rewind few centuries earlier with all this knowledge and understanding , but Suu Kyi says greed is natural to man, so maybe this is man’s destiny…

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