I have a very loving, understanding family; all material comforts at my disposal and above all, no psychological stress for a particular career. Yet the cut throat competition and immoral practices adopted do not let me relax and enjoy life. When my elders tell me about carefree childhood and incidents of their naughtiness, I wonder why I can’t have the similar experiences? They led a simpler and perhaps materialistically hard life but they have a repository of such happy memories !
An old saying goes “ If everyone does what is his father did we would still be living in caves”. Today every-one is running after money. There are many who talk of values and morals but a few who really care for these. Corruption has become the order of the day. It seems as if everybody has become corrupt. The world generally and relationships in particular have changed altogether. Gone are the days when a students as his own children. What does this show? That we have lost our moral values. We have better resources. Our lives have been overwhelmed with scientific discoveries and inventions. Our homes are no less than show room of electronic devices which provide us with comfort and entertainment. The world has shrunk owing to fast and easy modes of communication. But do these achievements imply happiness and peace of mind? The answer is a big ‘No’.
Howadays the respect of a person is evaluated in proportion to the wealth he has. Things like cars, motorbikes, bungalows, costly electronic appliance, all have become status symbols. The craving to own all these is leading to various kinds of crimes. People and especially youngsters want to become rich overnight without working hard. Easy money has become the aim of their life. Television and cinema show novel ways of crime. The immature minds cannot differentiate between good and evil; reality and fiction. Women who once were considered the torch-bearers of goodness, traditions and sanskars; incarnation of love affection and full of compassion are being shown as schemers, plotters-a far cry from the likes of Sita, Lopamudra, Rani Jhansi or even Kalpana Chawla.
Education should have made us better human beings, but it pains me to say that in most of us, it has rather evoked negative feeling of jealousy and hatred. We do not feel happy to see other people’s progress. Adolescents like me are so engrossed in their studies that they do not even find time to appreciate and admire simple things of nature. Science and technology have no doubt made our life comfortable and hitech, but, along with this, brought many dreadful diseases, pollution and what not as ‘gifts’. Every day we hear of new diseases. There so many types of pollutions that even scientists are worried about the very existence of mankind.
In the name of modernization, let us not destroy this world. Our country has been known as ‘Spiritual Guru’ of the world since time immemorial. We should be careful enough to make distinction between good and bad. Let us adopt new ideas which can take us and our country on the path of progress without forgetting our moorings. We should shed the orthodox customs and rituals which have proved to be shackles and once again have faith in the maxim of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbam’
It is not that we should go back in time but then we should not follow everything in the name of modernism. We shall have to strike a balance.