It’s Time We Behaved like Good Tenants to Save Ourselves from the Wrath of Planet Earth

October 17, 2018

Picture this – Mr X, a young, belligerent, ambitious young man occupies an apartment for rent in a metropolitan city. He works for a multi-national corporate house. He is party-animal and throws lavish gathering for his colleagues and friends except that those parties entail unbearably loud music, occasional smoking that has triggered fire alarm and excruciatingly clamoring guests. There are times when Mr X’s landlord, although comprehending of his tenant’s lifestyle, verbally tries to talk him into controlling his nocturnal activities in a way that it doesn’t cause inconvenience to his neighbors. Mr X, callous in his attitude, anyway proceeds to go on with his loud gatherings and winds up getting himself vacated from the apartment from immediate effect at one such night.

Mr X pleads with his landlord to give him another chance and pardon him for the last time, but fed up with the incessant complaints from the neighbors and with the indifference displyed by the tenant to his several verbal requests, the landlord persists in escorting Mr. X to the exit gate of the apartment’s building.

Now why am I brining up the issue of a landlord and an unscrupulous tenant, you ask? Because the human race is more or less acting like Mr X.

If scientific studies are to be believed, the earth was born about billion years ago. In its infant stage our home planet spewed constant volcanic eruptions, cooled down into ice age and gradually provided a safe haven for several life forms to evolve and live its term. Sometime between the ice age and the phase when the dinosaurs walked the earth, a major part of the landmass of our planet was covered by thick forests of 20 to 24 feet tall giant mushrooms. The same landmass eventually paved way for trees and other forms of flora and fauna.

Coming back to the example of Mr X, we are no different in our attitude when compared with this callous tenant. Owing to heavy industrialization, constant hunting and poaching leading to the increasing rate of several animals entering the list of endangered species, orgy of pollution caused by industrial waste and with various other factors, we are damaging our home in an irreparable manner.

We have come to a point where we don’t need saving the earth. We need to save ourselves. After all, how long are we going to be residents of Planet Earth? Our time is limited. Like wooly mammoths in the Ice age and dinosaurs in the Jurassic age, there will be a time when nature decides that it had enough of us and wipe us as swiftly as snap of two fingers. If you look at the geological history, our race is not meant to be in this world forever.

Our planet is a humungous rock which has been floating in space for billions of years. It survived with Ice age and without Ice age; with giant mushrooms and without giant mushrooms; with dinosaurs and without dinosaurs; with humans and… guess what? It will still do pretty well without humans.

Our politics, corporate goals, awe-inspiring structures built by encroaching the natural backdrop, all of these will reduce to dust in no time if we are to face the wrath of the biggest landlord of all times – Planet Earth.

If you still haven’t realized the magnitude of the ecological damage caused by our insensitive attitude then you might want to know that since 1970, the world has lost 60% of its wildlife.

We do not know for certain how long human race is going to last on this planet. Although we have rented this giant rock, we do not have an official agreement that dictates how we decide to live here. But it definitely depends entirely on us whether we want to live in this temporary home called Earth in good terms or get ourselves ousted for being an unruly tenant like Mr X, because if we end up infuriating this landlord with our antics to a point where it gets unbearable, then we may get no opportunity to reason or plead with nature from taking action against us, and at that point we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

By Glaxson D'Lima
Glaxson D'Lima hails from Udupi, Karnataka. At present, he is residing in Doha-Qatar. Graduated from St Aloysius College, Mangaluru with Bachelors in Commerce, he is currently working as a Social Media Executive for a firm engaged in digital media marketing, based in Doha-Qatar.
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  • Prashanth, Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    We are too selfish and even more short sighted to even try to understand what you are saying. If we follow your words how can we chop trees for money. Ivory is far more valuable in our showcase hanging out is a stupid elephant. If we leave the forests alone how can we claim extra land on akrama sakrama scheme. A concrete jungle makes more money that stupid green forest that just sits there. Instead of wasting time on saving forests we should research on important topics like how to eat and digest money. Money biryani is will a hot seller in the the future.

  • Joe Britto, Nakre /Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 20 2018

    1) O !!! Salutations to Planet Earth :

    “ Samudravasane devi parvathastana Mandale
    Vishnu patni ,namasthubyam, padasparsham khasmasvame”
    Oh ! Vishnu’s consort , “Bhudevi “(Earth) , with Ocean itself as your cloth and mountains as your breasts ,please pardon me for touching you from my Feet ! Salutations to you .

    2) About Water
    “Aapo vai daivatha “ Water itself is God.”
    Aapova idam agra asuva” Water itself is the Origin of this world (Life). (Upanishad)
    “From Soma ,Parjanya(Rain); From Parjanya , the Earth;
    From Earth, the crop;From Crop , the people originate “ (Mundakopa Upanishad)

    3) About Food
    Annam brahmethi vyajanaath,
    Annaddevya khalvi mani bhuthaniJayanthe
    Annena jatha jeevanthi
    ”Know that Food Itself is Brahma,
    All life forms have originated from it
    And are living because of it” ( Thaittari Upanishad)

    The Firmament is akin to our father and the Earth our Mother.
    Forgive me Mother that I am insulting you by walking on your ground and you have to bear this when I should be actually Kissing and Venerating your Sacred Body your every Inch .

    India is among the top 10 Forested countries in the world .
    The area under Forests in India is 67.83 million hectares or 21 percent of the total area of India. But sadly just 2,9 % of this is today truly under dense Forest area as the remaining is Forest only in name due to the total Dilution in the definition of FORESTS .

    Forests are:
    Web Of Life
    Trees are the Pillars of the Forests

    A great Article by Glaxon D'Lima and unless we the Tenants act now, the next Generation will curse us for our Inaction.

  • Eugene Mathias, Hampankatta/ Melbourne, Australia

    Thu, Oct 18 2018

    good work and you picked up a great subject which is very necessary to be discussed more in detail. Looking forward for more articles in different topics.

  • Janet D'Souza, Mangalore/USA

    Thu, Oct 18 2018

    Hi Glaxson, enjoyed your article. Our community need more writers like you.. keep up the good work

  • Lavina, Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 18 2018

    We are too self centered to understand the plight of our neighbors!

  • Anitha Fernandes, Belman/ Dubai

    Thu, Oct 18 2018

    really a great piece of work. Keep up the good work Glaxson and we want more articles from you.
    your writing skill is very impressive.

  • PREM, Dubai

    Wed, Oct 17 2018

    Dear Glaxson Sanket,

    Eye Opening Article.
    Expecting lot more to come and best wishes.

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