The environment we live in today is saturated with so many elements, that it has become difficult to think of human civilization without these. And yet, the presence of these implies that “civilization” is more than a way of life; it is the comfort that we all have become used to living in.
But this picture has an anomaly. The absence of green, the presence of garbage, the absence of enough oxygen, the presence of a rush hour, all of these seem somehow unnatural. Of course technology has advanced leaps and bounds. And we live in a world connected with wires and satellites.
But all of this comes at a price. The quick depletion of our natural resources, the labor of our fellow humans; these seemingly infinite things are finite. And we are only now realizing that we may have unknowingly put ourselves between the hammer and the anvil.
It is at times like these that history can rescue us. The ancient people were, to use a Hindi word, “doordarshi” or visionaries. They understood that their actions had repercussions. And to this end, they tried their best to treat their environments reverently.
There are countless examples of how people, especially before the industrial revolution, believed not in ‘exclusivity’ but in ‘inclusiveness.’ Their homes, their lifestyles, etc were all a reflection of this belief. This is evident in architecture, food, medicine, and culture that has been given to us through the ages.
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