ear 2020 was a star-crossed year for the world humanity. It was the year when human beings were caged by nature and whole world population was imprisoned in their houses because of the fear of death. Many unseen and unexpected events were observed during this year. It was never expected by anybody that there would be a halt in our livelihood and we would have to stay indoors. Man was compelled by nature to close all the offices, industries, markets, transport facilities and everyone was petrified with the fear of death. Everybody was living a scared life as there was chaos and confusion everywhere. Every sector of human life experienced a great loss and nobody could escape from the fear of this dreadful virus. Man, who was bragging of conquering the nature by science and technology, was compelled to bent the knee by a microbic virus. This Chinese born virus got spread in the whole world in just two months which logjammed the world progress.
It took hundreds of years for man to understand the nature and to take control over it. He came out of forests affrighted in search of food. He started cultivating crops near rivers besides hunting and learnt to cook his food on fire. Then he made his settlements and in this way human civilizations came into existence. Slowly man came to know that nature can provide him best wealth for a luxurious life and he can progress only if he can understand the secrets and principles of nature. This understanding of principles of nature was given the name of science. With this knowledge man progressed by leaps and bounds and revolutionized the world with industries which was known as industrial revolution resulting into industrial civilizations. In this race of revolution, man forgot that all his progress is based on the principles of nature. He even forgot the nature and started altering with the principles of nature. He polluted the mother earth by his covetous thirst for wealth. He forgot that he is a minim before nature and his goodness and betterment lies in being limits and not altering with the principles of nature. As we know to every action there is a reaction. This hauteur of man compelled nature to create a virus which incapacitated the man and all his progress came to a standstill. This virus paralyzed the human progress and pulverized the world economies. After working hard for one long year, there was a sigh of relief as man was able to prepare vaccine for it but this virus took a new shape and the dream of controlling it was once again shattered. Now man is once again afraid of same menace in 2021 which he has faced during the whole year of 2020. He is again incapable before the virus and being crippled and screwed by it. He has again hundreds of unanswerable questions before him. He doesn’t know how to come out of this disaster. But man has never accepted the defeat. He needs to come out of this trouble and its secret lies in nature. He has to understand the laws of nature once again to find the solution. Man has already controlled the worst epidemics of cholera, tuberculosis and AIDS in the past and one day he will control this pandemic too. But this time nature has given warning to human beings and we need to understand it and learn lesson from it.
Also Read : 2020- Another Year Leaves Now
Coronavirus pandemic is a serious warning for all of us. Nature is giving us message through this pandemic to stop altering with laws of nature for our avaricious means. It reminds us that we are from jungles but we have become their enemies. We are cutting them ruthlessly. We are digging the mountains which have given us beautiful rivers. We are polluting the air which is essential for our survival. We are making our soil poisonous which is giving us food. Man has progressed and reached to current level of modernization by understanding the principles of nature but he is now playing with these principles which is going to create havoc. If we will continue in this way and will not stop polluting and harming our planet then our devastation is very near. Our planet is ready to fulfill our need but it will kick us away for our greed. Nature is signaling us through this pandemic to desist from our wrong actions or be ready for destruction.
There has been a stalemate situation in human life during 2020. Life seemed helpless and useless. Millions of people have died during this year. But this is not the end, it is just a warning by nature. If we will continue to spoof the nature then surely our doomsday is near. Learning from 2020, we should try to find solution to this pandemic in the new year and limit our ruthless activities. We have to slow down the race of industrial and technological revolution. The unlimited and unfair use of natural blessings need to be checked. It is true that man can’t live without science and technology in modern days but it is also true that there is a limit in nature which man should never try to cross. So there is a need of balance between science and nature for sustainable development of man and for avoiding such calamities in future. If we will be still unable to find such balance then humanity has to face nothing but destruction.
(The author is a columnist and teaches Geography at GDC, Kulgam. He can be reached at [email protected])