Human against nature – R u kidding?
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Nature – Anything that is not manmade. It is the creator.
Man – The latest organism evolved on Earth. Whatever actions we say inhumane now, only made him to live till now.
Human was one of the weakest animals evolved on Earth. Nature made his physique with which he can’t run as fast as other animals, he can’t climb up the trees as other apes does and he can’t tear the flesh of the animals as he didn’t have strong teeth or limbs. If he stood against big cats one-on-one he doesn’t have a chance. If he stood against smaller animals he can’t catch them as he can’t run fast. But nature instilled intelligence in his genes as his only weapon which proved more than enough. ‘Survival of the fittest’ – it’s the nature’s law. Over the years we proved ourselves to be fit to live on this Earth. While many animals halted at this point, chasing the prey day in and day out, we went beyond this which made us to challenge the nature, the creator, itself.
So is he really struggled or struggling against the nature? A small tour through the history of the human will give an idea on how he fought against the odds, how he became sophisticated, how he became conqueror and his present relation with Nature.
From 5 million years to 2 million years:
United we live, Divided we fall.
‘United we live, divided we fall’ – this is the mantra of the humans life from the moment it started. The process of evolution is very slow with an animal walked in 2 legs evolved. It is named as Ardipithicus ramidus. He was only 4 feet tall. From there nature started to perfect it and many other species evolved. Each with different height and different type of food habits which included the decrease in size of the canine teeth. The brain also started to develop slowly. His instincts said that he must live in groups to have any chance against the big cats. Also the growth of a kid is not rapid in our species which meant somebody must take care of it for a long time. There started his social life.
He slowly developed the tools made out of stones. But he couldn’t speak then as his broca area hasn’t developed. He came out of the forests and started to roam in plains. He had the confidence of taking on any animals. But here another danger rose. Along with animals he started to kill within themselves. Now both the opposing men have same weapon and it was down to who is more cunning. It presented an opportunity to evolution.
This is the testing phase for the 2 legged animals and those species success against the predators presented an opportunity for human to evolve. At the end of this period he is another animal who fights for his life and his food. No Struggle with Nature.
From 2 million years to 250,000 years ago:
The only constant thing on this Earth is change.
Making him physically stronger won’t give an edge to him as he is already able to overcome the animals which are stronger than him with his weapons. So it was time to become smarter and nature obliged. Along with little physical changes, a major change in brain started to happen. The ancestor of human was born ‘Homo habilis’. They lived for almost a million years on this Earth. During their time the borca part of the brain required for speech is developed. He discovered the fire and invented it uses like cooking, keeping himself warm and keeping the wild animals at bay. His reign on this Earth extended from 2.4 million years to 1.3 million years. He was still in Africa and his life is still all about surviving. From him came the more modern human who was said to be look alike of present human, Homo erectus.
Homo erectus lived like a warrior throughout his regime on this Earth. He lived from 1.8 million years to 300,000 years. He is the first human species to move out of Africa and he has slowly started to accustomed to the various conditions prevailing on the Earth. He made complex tools, invented clothing, came to know how to control fire and thereby started to eat cooked ‘soft’ meat. So his strong teeth and jaws went away.
Still there is no struggle between human and nature. He is just like any other animal waking up with the uncertainty about life and chasing the animals for his food. No Struggle with Nature.
From 250,000 years to 40,000 years:
Human is born.
Homo sapiens, the modern human was born. He started reaching the farther parts of the Earth just by walking. He spread around everywhere. He started to develop his own language. He was able to speak which no other animal on this Earth never ever done. But still he is primitive. He hunted the animals in groups. But this time he is absolutely sure that he can take on any animal and any human if they oppose him. And from there his ascendency started here.
Little self-realization happened. Still his mind thinks only about survival. No Struggle with Nature.
From 40,000 years to 1700 A.D:
Rapid strides from ‘animal’ to ‘civilized’ human.
With the fear of being attacked by other animals and starving was taken out of his mind he started to think about the progression of life like how to keep himself occupied when he is not hunting, how to form an effective structure that will make minimal loss of life and how to entertain himself.
In a society separate groups were formed with
- Stronger men went to hunt and bring the food.
- Females and weak members looked after kids
- A set of men took care of agriculture.
- They started to build houses to live a safest life.
- A leader was chosen in the group and everybody obliged to this command.
- He started to own the piece of land on Earth as his own.
Now the above things are believed to be started happening before 5000 BC. Another important aspect of this formation is humans have eliminated the need of everybody to hunt for their food.
One of the most curious thing happened during human civilization is the creation of GOD. I feel that it is because he can’t accept nature is doing all those activities of growing up of crops, raining, flood, and thunder and so on. He started to believe that ‘unseen’ superpower is the reason for all that he couldn’t control. In the process he forget his past and started claiming that god created him and all the other organisms, trees and everything on Earth are created for his consumption. We can’t blame him for that as he lived in present and don’t have any tools like paleontology to check about his ancestors.
In this period every piece of land was came under one human or another who crowned themselves as kings. Not only land they owned everything on it. Another deviation from the nature happened during this time period: The crowning of the heir of the king after his death. By nature only the most powerful organism in a group can head a group. But human’s cunning mind made this ridiculous thing possible.
Humans killed themselves in the name of war and killed other animals in the name of joy. In case of animals they kill another animal only if they are hungry. Again a deviation from the nature’s law.
The important thing during this period is whatever human done against nature hasn’t affected anybody. Also as he considered himself in the image of god, he continued to do what he has done well, DESTRUCTION. Even though human has done few things
Completely self-realized. He differentiated himself very well from the animals. He came to know about his brain’s capabilities. He tried different things. He conquered everything on Earth. No struggle with nature.
1700 A.D. to Present:
For every action, there is equal and opposite reaction.
Industrial revolution started. His actions started to affect the atmosphere around him. Human wanted to prove that there is nothing he can’t do. He started to think about the impossible and achieved them. He started to think about the luxurious and comfort. From here onwards the human civilization hit a downward trend completely with the more emphasis on comfort life. The scientific developments happened at a frantic pace and invention of diesel engine triggered the Earth towards pollution. The usages of coal and petroleum products as well as the non-biodegradable products like plastic and thermocol increased considerably. But no thoughts were given about the Earth he lived. Consequently the temperature increased and now there is no way of correcting the mistakes.
We created rains, we made it possible to speak with anybody on this Earth, we made our mark on Moon, we have also collected details about how this universe formed, we can travel faster than any organism on this Earth and we can watch over the whole Earth at a single time with the satellites we have sent. With this we have the right to feel that we conquered the nature and all organisms living on the Earth, but the truth is the more we tried to conquer it, the more we are at the mercy of nature.
Started to meddle with the environment. Nature’s reaction now started to get devastating. He is at war with invincible nature. In war with the nature.
Any organism which tries to impose itself on the Earth won’t last forever. The extinct of Dinosaurs is an example. In case of humans they are not going to give away their evil ways and the nature’s effect will be more in the coming years for sure. Humans have reached a point from which they can’t return. So it’s all down to how long we can hold ourselves against the nature. All the best to my race!!!!