Don’t Bury Your Head


With what happened in Japan, a few things are really clear. The temporary permanence in which we exist, our concepts of safety and security are not only overrated but perhaps unnecessary. I’m not sure if that insurance plan we’ve been paying through our teeth for will really be of much use if those deadly nuclear reactors aren’t contained. Now before I get slapped by the some insurance group, I want to make my point. More than ever, we need to stop taking things for granted. Just because we are in the caves of our bedrooms, offices or institutions doesn’t mean that we are safe. It takes one tsunami story to break our spells.

But what baffles me the most is this nonsense about 2012. I get it. It’s easy to be an ostrich and just bury your head in the ground. Being a scared ostrich is fine. But why would you want to be a lying and a self-deceiving ostrich? We are having earthquakes and tsunamis not because some ancient civilization and a few people with impressive facial hair predicted so… But because we are killing nature.

We cannot erase what we have done or press undo on our greed and insecurity. But we can change things now. Even as I write this I feel hopeless. That it will be just another plea falling on deaf ears.

But I cannot give up.

I cannot bury my head in the ground.

I will not bury my head in the ground.

I was awarded to be a representative for TERI (www.TERIin.org), perhaps destined by my intense desire of forfeit all destructive prophesies for our tomorrow.

But I want to do more.

I have joined ‘Greenpeace India’ (www.greenpeace.org) and petition whenever harm comes to India’s flailing natural resources.

But I want to do more.

I have signed up for ‘Architecture for Humanity’ (www.architectureforhumanity.com) to help Japan in any way I can, in the capacity of a volunteer.

But I want to do more.

I am potting plants in my house.

I am disposing my waste correctly.

I am conserving the water that escapes my tap.

But, I want to do more.

So, the question is, what is more and how do we make it happen before nature decides to bury it’s head?

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