The earth , according to scientific proof rotates around its imaginary axis. At the same time it goes round and round , revolving around the sun. The milky way of which this is a part , in turn goes round other galaxies and the whole universe according to theories is expanding into ever existing space!
Now if we consider a tiny particle lying somewhere on the ground of mother earth we know that it is changing , well according to definitions of physics it is! And that is how fundamentally vital and critical change is. Change is the only thing that has remained constant throughout the history of mankind and will remain so in the future years to come. Consider how man evolved way from a single celled organism into the deadly and incredibly amazing human – CHANGE. Consider how civilizations were built how kingdoms fell and rose again , how from using Trunk Calls we have come to a world where cell phones are an everyday gadget – CHANGE. If I ask my reader right now to think about all the changes that has occurred throughout the history of humanity he or she will obviously get lost in a trance of wonderful thoughts filled with a sense of pride and victory at what we have achieved!
But the reality is just the opposite, we as a race have become narrow minded , we as a race have started despairing the unknown, the undiscovered. We as a race have started fearing the CHANGE. Everyday activities of the man shows it as such. The entire sense of adventure is dying out from the minds of humans slowly and steadily. To elaborate on my stand let me bring into notice the simplest of things – a common man’s work life. He goes to his workplace , follows the same boring schedule he followed the previous day and any hint of difference or change that might occur that day will scare the shit out of him. And not only is the fear limited to that but there is a constant subconscious voice at the back of his mind which keeps telling him to mind his steps because the very next instant things might change(can be read as being fired)!
We boast about inventions and discoveries , but it is a really sad fact that in the last 3 to 4 decades not even a single major invention or discovery has been made in the field of theoretical physics. As one of my friends (who is a physics graduate and enthusiast) rightly says that Einstein’s relativity theory may never get proved!
Countries are busy with internal and external politics and institutions are following the same trend that they have been following for the past so many years. The greatest tragedy , that haunts the process of change is perhaps phenomenon like religion and God. We keep hearing phrases like “this is the 21st century things have changed now” , uttered unknowingly by the so called GenX’ers but yet they will blindly follow the same old rituals that have been living and haunting society since the times of ancient civilisations.
My adversaries in this regard might point out the huge list of achievements that man has made so far and carefully point out the success of science and humanity , that we have travelled to the moon , that we have found the cure for cancer , that we have come up with things like the internet. But I am not talking about these things at all. If mankind was not able to achieve these minor benchmarks then we should all be damned and should very well go to hell (that is if such a thing actually exist like hell). I am talking about the big picture , the psychological aspects of mankind that restrict the common man from daring to go to the unknown spaces just because he fears the phenomenon of change. Gone are those days when man invented fire by accidentally rubbing two stones. Everything has to be carefully calculated these days lest the unknown takes place! Evolution loses its very meaning here if such be the trend.
A speculation exists that the world will end in 2012 which in itself gives many a so called ‘Nostradamus’ a chance to hypothesise the evil that may fall upon us. But how many of us actually wonder that this so called ‘doomsday’ might actually be the day of reckoning , the day that evolution takes its next step.
The entire universe is humongous , and the earth is a tiny pale blue dot for the entire set of things , and humans , well humans are just another tiny dust particle. But consider what we have achieved s far , right from the very beginning of the earth , since the day Adam ate the apple till today when we fearfully speak about imminent nuclear wars. Take a moment to consider what is still left to be discovered , to be invented to be proclaimed.
As humans we really need to break free from the shackles of tradition and homogeneity and adopt change as an inherent characteristic of mankind. There should be no fear of the unknown rather a sense of adventure and pride to venture into things that have been left untouched by our ancestors.
Change is sometimes dangerous, sometimes harmless, change is necessary and change is inevitable. We need to change and appreciate the fact that we are changing. Cometh 2012 , probably the next step in evolution , cometh the CHANGE!
For those who believe in what I just said here are a few lines by poet Robert Graves to ponder upon –
He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.
He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.
Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.
Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact;
Questioning their relevance, I question the fact.
When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
When the fact fails me, I approve my senses.
He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.
He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion.