The news of natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, drought conditions are taking regular spots in newspaper spaces as headlines and we understand why it is happening so. We humans have done much to deplete the natural resources around us and the consequences are directly acting against human will.
When we go against the legal set up, it amounts to violation of our own system. When we act against natural laws, we not only violate the nuances of nature, but also bear the brunt of irrevocable changes in our surroundings.
Understanding human laws
Every country has its own legal set up and judiciary system, which formulates rules and regulations for every citizen of that country to follow and abide by. Any citizen violating the laid out rules will have to bear the consequences of the law of the land. Sadly, rules and regulations are everywhere, only the implementation and proper execution have taken a crude backseat.
How many of us don’t bother the signal lights on the way to our office, owing to the little time left to reach office. How many of us violate the helmet rule made mandatory by the traffic police, in our own good.
If we are to talk about higher levels of such violations, we can cite examples like corruption and horse trading that not only question the integrity of our system, but throw a black mark on its very existence.
Violation of human laws
When a child goes to school, he is expected to follow rules laid out by the school authorities. If a child is punished at school for not trimming his nails, he may allow himself to be punished a few times.
The next time he is sure to think of a new way to escape punishment by using several tricks his mind may come up with. This is a simple example of how humans violate the rules they make for themselves. On a broader perspective, we can see rules and regulations being broken, being modified according to our convenience at every other place around us.
In a country like India, stringent enforcement of human laws has been a challenge to successive governments and unless citizens wake up with a strengthened vision, the scene may not take a change in the years to come.
The consequences of violating human laws results in punishment of different intensities, but then, owing to differential treatments meted out to different strata of people, the enforcement is not equally done.
Natural laws and their meaning
When an apple falls from a tree, it is because the forces of nature acted on the apple and made it fall. Likewise, every natural phenomenon around us happens as a natural consequence of certain set events. Man primarily finds his roots in agriculture. The primitive man depended on agriculture for his sustenance.
Man sowed and tilled in lands, nature followed its own course to provide him with crop produce. When man became selfish day by day and asked for more from less, he used various ways to achieve this. He formulated chemical manures and fertilizers that increased crop yield by several folds higher, but took away the very essence of the soil.
The constituents of the soil began to slowly deplete and weakened their innate water holding capacities. As a result of this, soil got eroded and fertile lands became barren. This is one such example where man acted against natural laws for his selfish purposes and ended up losing fertile agricultural lands of high economic value that are of no use today.
Resisting natural laws
In big cities and metros, we might have heard of big lakes existing within the city limits once upon a time. Today they may have only found a mention somewhere in that city’s history because some mayor of some government may have turned that lake bed area into some big construction marvel. He may have converted it into a housing complex which may be generating more than required income for him. Now let us ponder the consequences.
A lake existing in accordance with the laws of that natural ecosystem was destroyed by human forces. The lake bed area was taken over by a housing complex. This kind of lake closures and springing up of concrete structures is a common sight in most cities today.
As a result, these cities do not have the provision or the infrastructure to withstand even a slightly higher rainfall than normal limits. We may have heard water entering house premises and trees falling on the road whenever there is rain in the city.
All this happens as a result of our own actions. In short, we may violate human made laws and escape from the clutches of legal framework but we really cannot resist natural laws and fight against nature.
Going against nature
We have heard of depleting polar glaciers, increased global temperatures, global warming, depleting ozone layer and other extremities of nature. Ever wondered why all this is happening at such an alarming rate. Man has built huge industries to serve every need of his and in the process caused such a disturbing blow on nature that his actions have now caused an irreparable loss.
Many natural resources are becoming non-renewable and the depletion of petroleum and oil reserves are proof enough that if man keeps violating natural laws more and more, then one day he might have to run for his life.
Water has today become the most precious asset any individual can hold. That is because potable water resources around the world are soon depleting and causing a state of scarcity that may soon cause dwindling of lives on earth.
We see drought as a common scenario in most countries today, since rain has become unusually low and water a very rare sight. If there is too much rain on the other hand, floods are caused and crops washed away and water borne disease brought to the fore, again causing death and tragedy to millions of living things.
Consequences of violating natural laws
It is true that man can in no way change the functioning of natural laws. Nature has its own framework and set up within which it operates and any imbalance caused, will directly reflect on the lives of living things on earth. Sparrows that used to be a common sight in front of every balcony now only find a mention in history’s pages.
The older generations were the only ones to see and enjoy sparrows. The forthcoming generations would laugh at us, if we told them about the sparrows that visited every home in the mornings and evenings.
Man is battling deadly diseases owing to high levels of pollution and toxic adulterants present in his food. Life on earth is soon turning to be unsustainable for majority of living things. Most of the diseases that humans suffer from are becoming life threatening and every year many lives are lost due to these factors.
There is no way man can resist super natural powers and whenever he tried to conquer or act against them, he has faced dire consequences in the form of earthquakes, calamities, floods etc. We have to understand that the time has arrived to bring back the ecological balance that existed in our ecosystem to make life on earth friendly and sustainable for the future generations to come.