The youth people feel that they are happier than their ancestors. The present age of India is witnessing tradition along with progress. The young generation is brought up in the culture of smart phones, gadgets, computers, etc.
Some people say that our ancestors lived a stable life and were more happier than us. Science has made our life complicated. Our ancestors had respect for elders, joint family, love and affection for juniors and sympathy for the disabled and those in poverty. Air pollution, random fatal diseases, political violence, and terrorism were not even round the corner. Men lived in peace and amity. Trains, roads and other media of transportation were not packed to suffocation.
But at the same time the life of our ancestors were crowded with superstitions, mass illiteracy, child marriage, etc. We are at least able to mitigate some of the social evils practiced in the society. Thus, our social life doesn’t seem to be as complex as our forefathers.
Our forefathers used to live in open environment. They could take breath in pure atmosphere. But, we have narrow apartments. We cannot move out for evening walk as the roads are crowded with vehicles. The air pollution makes the situation bitter. Even small towns become over laden with smoke and fumes due to the explosion of the modern industry. The environment in which our ancestors used to live was much clean that that of ours.
The progress of science has brought the earth and even the sky close together. The gifts of science, like the mobile phone, car, airplane, telephone, internet, electronic mails, etc. have great impact on our lives. We cannot stay for a single day without our cell phone.
The satellites have expanded the scope of human knowledge. Meteorologists give accurate data about weather and ground conditions for plantation and agriculture. As against this our ancestors lived a life of miserable situation, they would complain. They completely lived at the mercy of nature.
The modern age has taken its birth on the past systems and values. We follow fashion and knowledge together. The world today is thinking to live happily like a family of the human. The modern people want to live happily and don’t believe in superstitions, other narrow beliefs. Happiness for all is the modern philosophy. It is the light of modernism that caste system has been abolished in many countries. We cannot stay happy with social evils such as caste system.
It is true that Modern world has moved forward. The atomic tests and explorations into the space bring in its wake some incurable curses like ozone layer, green-house effects. The consequences are too terrible to recount. Critical diseases like cancer, brain tumor, unnatural births, etc. are like a monstrous threat. The balance is lost.
Instead of thinking on whether we or our ancestors were happier, we should focus on making a balance between tradition, modernity, and growth.
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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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