As soon as we emerged into the new era, the things developed rapidly. We have advanced technology, communication skills, transport, business and new equipments in every walk of life. Advanced media has made our lives comfortable but such advancements were absent in the ancient times. Pollution was not there because of absence of the industries, machines, vehicles and arms and ammunition. Today human beings are more worried than yesterday because of competition for status, prestige, fame and the chase of luxurious life. They have increased the needs for themselves; therefore, the failure to achieve those needs create problems.
Our forefather worked very hard physically in the field of agriculture and travelled through long distances by walking which maintained them healthy. But now we have got most advanced sources of transportation like airplanes, trains, vehicles and buses, which save the time but are also risky. There are chances of accidents in which life can knock the door of grave. Our forefathers were strong morally and culturally whereas we are not. Today, we are intolerant, jealous and conservative. Our forefathers were living a liberal life; liberty from needs and greed, liberty from tension and evil deeds. We became slaves today; slave to our thoughts, needs, greedy intentions and jealousy.
If we look into the lives of our forefathers, they were free from the tension of electricity, gas pollution, global warming, terrorism etc. The advent of new technology has created various lethal weapons of mass destruction due to which the whole scenario of war is changed. Today, a war between two atomic countries could destroy the entire economic, social, and military infrastructure of a nation.
Today man can control the forces but cannot control himself. Science and technology snatched the sense of responsibility from us.
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Do we live better than our forefathers
Are we Happier Than Our Forefathers?
Are We Happier Than Indians of 2000 Years ago?
“Happiness depends on what you can give, not what you can get.”
`Turning back the pages of history to ancient times, a modern man feels wonderstruck to see the hard life of human brings a few centuries ago. Our ancestor used to live in caves, ate uncooked food or depended upon fruit and leaves, walked long distances on foot. They could not get any clothes to cover their body and had not thought of getting shelter to hide their head. Their standard of living was no better than that of beasts. Like animals, they used to live in groups and fight other groups with bows, arrows and sticks for food, clothing or shelter.
But everything is destined to undergo a change in this world. The things of the past have become outdated today. Man used his scientific imagination, made a number of inventions and revealed the mysteries of nature. He started controlling the forces of nature. With the passage of time he went on marching ahead and soon became the master of the universe. He can now fly across the sky like a bird, swim across an ocean like a fish and communicate over long distances in no time. Today, with modern technology, man has been able to enjoy all facilities of life. Life is exceedingly comfortable, smooth and easy-going for him. The word ‘impossible’ does not find a place in his dictionary. He is able to get all the necessities of life.
A modern man enjoys himself in different ways. He is the master of the whole universe. When bored with his dull, mechanical routine, he has lots of means for entertainment. He has the video-cassette recorder to entertain himself. He has beautiful restaurants and hotels to go to. He has melodious musical extravaganzas and dance sequences packed up in his cassettes. His fertile creative mind had made him what his ancestors could never have thought of becoming in their entire life time.
But are we really happier than our forefathers? Definitely not. We have gained physical comforts at the cost of moral and spiritual values. We do not believe in God. We do not think of our moral upliftment. We think of our own comforts, not of others. We are too much entrapped in the snare of money. We are greedy, selfish, isolated, perturbed, dis-appointed and addicted to all sorts of vices. We have so many aspirations that life is full of frustration and depression. We have no pleasure or leisure, rest of peace, joy or contentment.
Man, today is, angry, proud, hypocritical, dishonest, insincere and tense. His life is full of frustration, agony and terror. He has no love for life and he does not brother to heed to the teaching to the teachings of great men like Guru Nanak Dev who once said:
Why hast thou forgotten God?
Anger has thou not forgotten
Why has thou forgotten truth?
Our ancestors enjoyed that inner joy that a modern man does not dream of having. The modern man has struck a very bad bargain. He has earned name, fame, position, status and physical comfort at the cost of inner joy, spiritual contentment and moral values. He has ascended the throne of God Himself. He knows how to fly in the air but has not learnt to live gracefully on the earth like a civilized citizen. The moral and spiritual progress is negligible as compared to the scientific progress.
Man, today, has money but he does not know the right use of it. He used his money to buy others and make them betray their conscience or their country. He has scientific knowledge but he is using it to create bombs, missiles and deadly armaments and this increases tension, fear and suspicion. He want to enjoy himself at the cost of others. He does not mind indulging in a sort of cut-throat competition. He is as cruel, callous and unscrupulous in his ways as ever. No doubt, he is blessed with physical comforts but he is certainly far from being really contented and happy. The divinity in him is losing ground every day and he is becoming more and more a child of mere flesh and blood. May be he realizes his follies only when it is too late.
“O ! my good lord, that comfort comes too late,
This like a pardon after execution;
That gentle physic, given in time had cured me,
But now I am past all comforts here but prayers.”
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