It was a Sunday and I was having a cup of tea in the nearby cafe. The time was quarter past 11 in the morning. The weekend crowd was slowly picking up its pace and in no time the cafe was full. There were three empty seats around my table and it waited for its visitors…
Nights are scary for few.
Nights are romantic and intimate for few.
Nights are fun for few.
Nights are depressing for many.
It’s been a while since I’ve written for The Muse Within, but I am back with something worth paying attention to.
This one isn’t about environmental history, it is very much about the present and the future. I just finished watching a movie (more of a documentary) called “Racing Extinction” and I still have tears in my eyes as I write this post. It is a documentary about how our activities are causing probably the greatest extinction of life in Earth’s history.
Think of something in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t. Something deep down. Whether it’s because you haven’t gotten around to it, are too timid to go for it, or you took a shot and failed deliberately. Conjure up in your mind that big failure of your life. Perhaps you’re in the middle of it now.
For a while now, scientists have been professing a switch to a vegetarian diet to counter the impacts of climate change. On March 26, 2016, there was an article on TIME magazine as well, about this. According to that article, livestock contributes more than 14% of greenhouse emission, and this figure could grow to 50% by 2050, with growing population and the need for more food.
A few months back when I was desperate to read a book, one of my good friends suggested me to read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. I downloaded the file to my Kindle and started to read…
“The boy’s name was Santiago. Dusk was falling as the boy arrived with his herd
at an abandoned church. The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous
sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood.”
This was the first paragraph of part 1. As I turned the pages one after the other, it felt like I was skidding and falling off into a whole new world. Right from thoughts to the actions, this book had its massive impact on me. To put in simple words, this is a story of a young boy who follows his dream, who fails (over and over), who gets mugged, who gets beaten, who gets threatened, who falls in love but leaves the girl behind. No, The Alchemist is not a thriller or an action or a romance novel. It talks only about dreams, love and… universe….
Human beings, like every other living organism, has a relationship with its surrounding environment. This relationship began the moment our species evolved and has been a dynamic relationship ever since. We have interacted with the environment in several ways spread over centuries, and it is important to understand this relationship before we understand the situation today (isn’t that why we study history anyway?).