look at the above photo print of nearly a hundred year ago. there you will see the elements that made the climate change. there you see a “half naked fakir” (churchill’s description of gandhi) seated next to a head to toe -- covered man, nehru, both indians, sitting in the same place discussing how to change india, in -- to quote the biblical form: “and god man made man in his own image” -- each one’s own image of india. one was comfortable with flowing with the flow of nature, the other person proposing to dam the river-flow, saying that “dams are temples of modern india.” indians of the past, like most persons elsewhere, regardless of their religious beliefs lived minimally until they were colonized.
incidentally, nehru’s family name itself, nehru comes from ‘nehar’, meaning canal. and canals are man made rivers. though water flows in both of them, the difference between the two is what has created the very term: unnatural as against natural. in the meeting of these two men, there is this difference that then perpetuated and continues to expand like the climatic change engulfing the globe of earth. man may build dams and dig canals, but cannot make rain, and mountains and glaciers that retain waters that flow into rivers. besides, what happens to the water flowing down the mountain and into the ocean has a symbiotic relationship with the myriad forms of elements constituting the organic landscape ranging between the amazon jungle, as well as the sahara desert through which the waters of the nile flow. now, people like nehru would dam the nile and dig canals to irrigate to change the desert into a green landscape. but even if men succeed in doing so, they would not know the desired or undesired effects of the hitherto unknown relationship between the amazon green and the desert sands on climate that has existed from times before the era of the ‘climate change’.
why did nehru change his clothes that had nothing to do with his physically feeling comfortable? in close proximity of gandhi, nehru would feel mentally uncomfortable to dress up liberally, as being born in the riches, he was emotionally uncomfortable with the poverty stricken indians who were identified with the ignorance, illiteracy, and everything else opposite of the well to do literate indians, especially ones who were educated in england. gandhi, too, had been educated in england, and even had struggled unsuccessfully to make his wife behave like an english lady. but it was his south african interval that awakened him to the sense of being a human person who could be existing only interdependently with other elements in nature. not knowing any such things personally, nehru carried his english classroom learning to india, and having had an instant access to things common to the rich, he acquired a position to change india into the british idea of india replacing the term british india. and nehru was not alone. in this sense, it was gandhi who was alone. even now, most of the people, whether indians or non indians who really admire gandhi’s perceptions of an ideal existence, excluding his religious beliefs, would dare not declare so standing before the mirror facing themselves.
actually it is not that complicated or difficult. this 16 year old swedish girl greta depicts that naturalness and says that standing before people; and like any child says what she sees and feels regardless of its reactions from the adults. greta is not a bona fide scientist. nor are degreed and accredited scientists a special breed. for if they were, all of them would say things in one voice. they do not, because there are as many scientists as many are their sponsors who sent them to schools and then offered them the jobs. just look as these indentured scientists parroting both sides of any matter of concern, the global warming including.
the globe did not warm up in an instance like an atomic explosion. the
man made climate began to change with the englishman’s unwillingness to change his dress in the warmer colonies, requiring him instead to cool his new dwelling to match his european home conducive to the english way of life. the indians, with the centuries of subservience to the godly beliefs and earthly gods, the kings and the king-like rich, always equated the sense of happiness with the ways of the kings and the english lords. the three piece suit in the warmer climates requires devices to cool the air. then the thus sitting comfortably in the air conditioned room, and having all works done by slaves, the lordship’s thought process begins to gnaw with the fear of losing one’s superiority becoming too exposed, and thus impressing less to the servants. so, to be seen to be different they keep inventing one thing after another that may actually be harmful in the long run, but would be seen to be initially impressive. just take everything invented for the rich, one by one, and look into what, why and how; its short term and long term effects, and question whether it served its desired purpose.
some devout christians re-enact the crucifixion by actually being nailed to the cross for the show, and some muslims hurt themselves with knives and chains to re-enact the aggonies of battles of the founders of islam. if it seems too far fetched, find some aging rich ladies who had tortured their toes wearing the pointed high heel shoes, or who had ironed out their kinky hairs, or had their hair cut such that the end of the lock of the hair would fashionably get in their eyes.
one must observe this not from the academic scientific perspective, but rather in organic ecocentric way, where the human species is just one of many living organisms. and then, even within the human species itself, there are several subgroups that all live happily or unhappily regardless of their individual pursuit of happiness prescribed by the experts.
one way of observing the climate change, the global warming, its effects and to do something about it is to observe one’s own sense of being: what one is, how one lives and what for. it does not deny the simple fact that no one exists alone, despite the fact that each one is born and dies individually, but everything one does in between, is all interconnected and interdependent, including the seemingly individual breathing and eating and so on. it is only when one ignores this fact of interrelationship of things and beings, that one begins to hurt others, mostly unintentionally, and sometimes in fear driven unawareness of its harmful effects on others.
so while questioning one’s motives for anything one does in seclusion within oneself, one sees that one is rarely anything but a bundle of habits that are either imposed upon one in the name schooling when one’s senses of perception are not tested with the reasoning; or through imitation when one is seeking security in numbers. When feeling free of all such inhibitions, the habitual living feels troublesome rather than helpful; the numbers that offered safety begins to feel suffocating.
when looking at the way of life of humans, especially the ones living in the urban society, it becomes all too obvious, that almost every thought, speech and action of man is initiated by the fear of the sense of insecurity that motivates one to move away from the perceived object of fear, that is to deny; and when one cannot deny, then seek means and ways to overcome it.
but the “what if” is a thought growing into the thought out fear. and man is trying to overcome it with the actual means and methods, like building concrete walls, posting sentries, seeking help from physicians and yogis and what nots. it wears out the person even more, as at the end of the day after having taken all the precautionary means, one has actually acquired one more pain, that of failing to achieve the coveted
sense of accomplishment. it is the sense that the modern man had learnt to acquire from schooling that conditions one’s biological motions of life to act is told. the rich chinese women of the past had their feet bound in crippling formats, they have replaced that foot binding with the cinderella type pointed shoes, that the otherwise intelligent modern women of the west have opted for disregarding the pain in toes and legs.
the emperor without clothes, that the child had seen, was not sweating under the tons of the british or the imperial drapes or the three piece suit that the mighty u.s. president has to wear. for, along with giving up such naturally unnecessary things, one also drops one’s ideological image of oneself that only ideologically think-feels the aches and pains of the added heat produced by man’s acts; and then the natural human person sees that one is actually able to live with the natural climatic changes like every other created by nature.
until then, the made up man/woman will have to live in the manmade climate and its effects, all of which , too, is happening with the way of nature.