“Change is rule of life.”
Being a human, it’s our tendency to think of changing things according to our suitability. Well, I also have a list of changes that I want to make, but the top priority in that list is a revolutionary change at global level.
I want to change the strategy, setup, functioning & plans of all the countries. I want these nations to plan their actions on the basis of their traditions, culture, climate & geographical situation. Their strategies shouldn’t be driven by competition’s spirit, materialistic motives or blind race of modernization.
The cause behind changing this present attitude of nations is the attitude’s result. What has this attitude given to world? It has given us Global Warming, pollution, Ozone layer depletion, wars, terrorism, poverty, crimes with continued addition in this list in full swing.
The desire to be world’s largest economy has led all nations to rapidly industrialize with no attention towards environment’s health. The CFCs production has caused black hole’s formation in ozone layer, greenhouse gases’ emission is causing increase in Earth’s temperature resulting in rise in sea levels & thus, inundation of coastal lands. The withdrawal of U.S. from Paris climate agreement, just to make America great again is perfect example of derailing of nations from their traditional base which talked about overall development of world together. This materialistic attitude has increased distance between rich & poor and this poverty is the mother of crimes. The greed has forced people to use chemical, which has degraded soil health, the motto of countries to establish their supremacy is leading to wars which disturb global peace. Hiroshima & Nagasaki still tell the tale of atrocities caused by war. The irresponsible nature of nations like North Korea has created atmosphere of tension for whole world by bombarding threats. The hatred for other nations & some misconceptions have caused terrorism, which is taking a huge toll onlife. So the”so-called”contribution of this modernization is totally visible.
Margaret Thatcher said, “No generation has freehold on this Earth. All we have is a life tenancy with full repairing lease.”
Also, it’s said, “We have not inherited Earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our future generations.”
So, are we to leave our successors a scorched planet of advancing deserts, impoverished landscapes & ailing environment? Of course, not.
So, something must be done. Some measures are being taken by some nations but those measures aren’t enough and are just for short term -relief. The things which threaten our survival must be totally eradicated. To make world a better place, something revolutionary need to be done and that can be the change that I want to make.
Montesquieu said that, “Constitution of each country should be based on its traditions, heritage, culture, climate & geographical situation.”
Mahatama Gandhi in ’Hind Swaraj’ said that, “I don’t want my house to be walled on all sides & windows to be stuffed. I want culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”
Nowadays, this book of Gandhi is being studied in many European countries and his ”Swadeshi” concept is being praised a lot.
India must go back to Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita and reestablish the country on its basis. America needs to follow Red-Indians of North America who maintained a subsistence economy, having nothing more than their needs. Japan made progress and started giving tough fight to Europe because it made progress on traditional base.
As an individual’s decision affects whole family, in same way decision of one nation will affect whole world. All individuals need to follow nature’s divine law, as individuals affect family, family affects society, society affects state, state affects nation & nation affects whole world.
So, all countries must go back to their traditions, culture & past which talked about living in synergy with others, making no discrimination among people on any basis, respecting the nature, caring for everyone’s needs, not to be greedy, producing only as much we want, defying mentality of collection of resources & above all doing your work with no tension of result.
Care for environment will automatically eliminate problems of Global warming, Ozone layer depletion, pollution; cooperation will strike deathblow to nations’ insecurity& improve international relations; zero greed will result in no wars ;care for everyone will vanish the problems of terrorism, poverty & crimes .
It will be a shift from mechanistic view to ecological & holistic view of world. It will establish a system based on partnership rather than domination. The world will be a better place, where all countries have their own identities.
The implementation of this change is the only way to fulfill our ethical obligations, be good stewards of planet & responsible trustees of the legacy to future generations. If this won’t be done then the doomsday for whole world isn’t far away.
Author : Ayushi Upadhyay, Winner of the (School Level) International Essay Competitions , August,2018 15 years old girl from Lucknow Public School.