This has been a conversation that Rajeev and I have been having for a while now. How much we let ourselves be bombarded with information! We consume so much information, but have less and less knowledge than our ancestors about things that matter to us the most – love, clean water, clean air, safe food, building houses, etc. That’s because we’ve lost our ability to smell and feel our way through life. We’ve lost our ability to intuit. Instead of channeling wisdom-guided information (i.e. intuition), we have become “thinking” consumers of information from external sources, very often oblivious of the fact that our minds are manipulated by distorted information.
When there is death and disease in every household in Kasargod, the government wants scientific studies and reports to prove that it is because of Endosulphan. And at the end of a long-endured series of trials, it has a way of saying it wasn’t enough proof.
My friend Dev once put it beautifully. “When I stepped into the
for the first time, I looked at the number of cars and sky-scrapers and said to
myself ‘Oh my God. How is this even possible on earth?’ It didn’t smell right.
But I didn’t pay much attention to it back then and went on with business as
usual. After seven years of reading so much about global warming and our
ecological crisis, I am now saying the same thing. But back then, I really
didn’t need all this information to know what I did!”
Can we look at our milk packet that lands at our doorstep every morning and ask ourselves “What might it take for the milk of a living being be supplied to us in such quantities day after day?”
Can we look at all the cheap plastic stuff and soft toys that our stores are filled with and ask ourselves “What might it take for them all to be produced – raw material, production to sale?”
Can we look at our bottles and cans of water and ask ourselves “Where might these be coming from? What might its impact on life be?”
Can we look at our A/Cs and cars and ask ourselves “Where might this energy be coming from?”
Don’t google and read. Don’t depend on information. Just close your eyes. Place your hands on your gut and feel it. Breathe in deeply and smell it. What do you feel and smell?