Back after a long gap. A lot happened meanwhile- shifting home, changing job, lots of paperwork, festivals, fasts and fever bouts, 1 visit and 1 trip, in short a lot to keep mind occupied throughout. Hectic days, occupied thoughts, over-driving brains!
And that’s when I start missing the time-blocks when I had absolutely nothing to do. That is my favorite pastime and relaxation activity – doing absolutely nothing. Just the way animals do.
When I sit idle munching something with no thoughts in my mind but just the pure bliss of munching, I feel like the blissful buffalo relaxing in mud..so serene!
And sometimes when I stand in the balcony, I can see the street dog. We both idly look at each passer by, and sometimes look at each other, sharing the common luxury of lots of free hours and nothing to do.
Life seems so nice that ways.. so uncomplicated.
Biggest luxury in the world, like the richest people and the emperors enjoy is to do nothing, just eat, sleep and take care of themselves. But then again, all animals enjoy the same luxury and that too without any worry or plans in their mind about future. Nor they have any regrets about pasts.
All the stressful activities that add complexities to the life are human creations. See, humans wanted to live in a civilized manner. They started forming shelters. And now the things have became so complicated that nations fight over boundaries, states want separation and we pay ridiculous amount to ‘own’ a piece of land. The land for which, we will pay and rest of the inmates aka insects, birds and other creatures will share it for free.
And paying in terms of? Yes, the almighty money, the currency, whose face value may be nothing, but yet another thing to add complications to life. Then each nation has their different currency, and struggle begins. Growth and development of group of people is measured in terms of strength of its currency.
The concept of money is the most complicated invention by human specie. It is the root cause of hell lot of work to do and problems to solve.
We have to ‘earn’ money, then ‘save’ it, to ‘grow’ it, moreover ‘invest’ it and as if it was not enough, ‘tax planning’ is a task too! To take care of all this stupid stuff for us, there are lots of additional professions. We have banks, accounts, bankers, schemes, investment plans, retirement plans and what not. These words exist only in the homo sapiens’ world. Nature and other species don’t give a damn about it. Whatever be our annual earnings, a natural calamity can sweep our very existence on the planet. No money can help it, it can of course help to recover and rebuild, but to build what? Again these complex civilizations? To gain luxury? Of what? To have enough resources to carry on all the super-hyped idiotic tasks of this virtual world of ours? While these tasks could be conveniently escaped if we live naturally, or like animals.
Look at animals! They have minimum needs and whatever they need, they just get it- without introducing the concept of currency. They compete with each other for survival but they do not slave another being from the same specie, just because they live lighter. They have not burdened themselves with lots of responsibilities around them and thus they don’t need anybody to help them or serve them.
If I were an alien looking at the earth from space, I may would have thought that humans are the weakest specie. After all, they could not survive the environment on the earth. Why else would they shelter themselves up in some stony structures, and always keep themselves covered in some processed plant/animal/made-by-them unevenly cut sheets in different shapes and sizes. And why can’t they just walk in the open? They always need support of some structures, some solid structures they dig from the earth and mould it and some liquid matter which goes into it is again dug up from earth. And they depend on other species for their food largely but only when they feed them, take care of them, in short slave for them to get the food. But even as an evolved alien, I won’t understand few facts. Homo sapiens slave around species like cow, buffalo, hen for their food. But why they slave species like dogs, cats, parrots and even mouse?
As much as I could see from the space, dog is probably the most evolved specie on the earth. A lot of that specie enjoy readymade food without having to hunt for it. Some of them even drag humans by a rope like thing. And humans are no doubt the weakest specie, pertaining to their inability to digest anything. Yes, unlike other animals, they need to process everything before placing it in their food pipe and they need to mix multiple things in order to let it pass through their mouth.
And since they are weakest and can’t do anything better, they spend a lot of time processing their food, changing their covers, creating-destroying-creating-destroying a lot of things that are useless anyways for all life forms other than for them.
Ok now, I am out of alien mode. But I think a lot, humans created money and complications followed. Earning, spending, bargaining, saving, protecting, investing, doubling, insuring, banking, accounting consumes 60% of our time on this earth. And what is the worth of it? 30% of it Just to eat, the n to the power n no. of cuisines, then we fuss about the taste, nutrition, calorie, garnishing, price etc etc
Then the concept of clothing. I don’t understand how this concept came into practice taking into account that most of the animals live in more extreme conditions but never did any other specie welcomed clothes. It was fine if it had remained so- for protection from extreme climatic conditions. But no sir.. we have concepts of various fabrics, colors, designs, cuts, ever-changing fashions, fashion shows, fashion faux paus, brand mania. And worst of it, the definitions of modest/decent/provocative/inappropriate/unfashionable clothing.
And what after all we get after creating so much fuss over these worthless things? The self proclaimed tag of being civilized?
No animal kills any other animal without hunger or self defense reasons. There is nothing like ransom killing, honor killing, revenge killing or dowry killing in their world.
And yes, they do not desire to trample every particle of earth, so they move slow. They do not need any automobile hence, accident deaths are also again a word in human world only. Sometimes, we may do this noble work of killing animals by accident or just for fun or for the love of luxury- our accessories, cosmetics and medicines need their lives. Animals have no pharmacies, still the no. of animals dying of illness is just a tiny fraction of no. of animals that are killed for food, hunting, accidentally or for human experiments. And an amazing piece of knowledge is that in spite of having such big pharma industry in our world, humans are not immortal. May be in future they will get immune to many diseases, but who can save themselves from their own specie!
Animals never pollute or harm environment in any way that can endanger lives on the planet. But no worries! We as a civilized and develop life form can pollute and exploit the planet and then cry over it.
What value are we adding to the universe, and what good are we doing to the other life forms who inhabit the planet?
So questions of life and death was over. What else makes us civilized as we say?
Oh yes, we have ‘families’, ‘societies’, ‘nationalities’, ‘cultures’
They do have. The difference lies in the way they form families. Eg: A male pigeon can choose any female pigeon, and pigeon community won’t create a havoc saying that OMG! that white male chose a grey/dark female!
They won’t ask for each other’s parents whereabouts and status and language would definitely won’t be an issue as all pigeons in the world communicate in same manner. They live with whom they like to.
I really wonder how evolved all the animals are! Throughout the world, the communication is uniform among same species. Also, without using any cutting edge information technology, I wonder how their ‘culture’ remains uniform. Coming back to the family point, it seems they have much more sense of equality for females. In most of the animals, males are physically more attractive than females. Still, they have to compete and woo the female. However good looking and good provider a male is, it cannot harass female’s parents. And patriarchy, rape, molestation, skewed gender ratio etc are not the words in animal dictionary. Oh how much I wish to reincarnate as an animal!
Whatever virtual realities, the cobweb of unnecessary tasks, the tools and technologies to make them easier and the stress caused in all the process… lots of mess we have created around us, and in the end, it all boils down to one question.. is it really worth it? We have limited time on the earth, is it really worth spending it in earning something which has no value elsewhere?
At least all these complications are not worth to interrupt the peace of mind. And don’t know why I am complicating my thought processes by thinking over these complicated matters at this hour (its late night), while all I want to do is to roll up and sleep like a donkey. 😛