We can’t eat our textbooks…
What would we do with all our knowledge about black holes and galaxies, if we don’t have our rivers and soil? We surely can’t survive on eating the thick textbooks and treatises we published about the universe. Can we? Phrases like “save the planet” etc., immediately strike us as cliché, but if we don’t act in time, there is a chance that our very existence can become a cliché.
Though most of us wish to act, we are too demotivated by the fact that our actions don’t matter at a global scale. It need not be so. Suppose someone is being electrocuted by a live wire and we had turned off the main switch instantly. Though turning off main switch is a very tiny act which otherwise has no great impact, in this context it made a world of difference. Similarly, for every drop of water we save, every unit of electricity we conserve — there will be someone, few decades down the line, who would thank us for saving them from a life & death scenario. This one drop can save someone from dehydration. This one unit of electricity may power someone’s pacemaker.
Sometimes I feel that the existence of sun, moon and stars depends upon my act of closing the tap fully. Though such a statement may sound ridiculous, it can be true. If we don’t have water and other resources, there won’t be any humans to witness the warm sun or full moon. Isn’t it? Does it mean that the sun and the moon cease to exist? We, after all, need to be alive on this planet, to even discover an answer to this question….