Are we really living a glorious life with enlightenment?
Man is living in twenty-first century and has left behind the stone and Iron Age lifestyle. Man used every toll for his comfort but none of them could satisfy his dire desire. Today he has reached to the moon, and explores for other planets. The more he earned, the more he lost the conscience and became completely isolated and annihilated from the social life. He did every struggle to fulfill his desire but the more he achieved the worst he lives.
Man served centuries in defining to create a mechanical device “Computer” that no one could ever think of. Today man has created computer and most other technological and advanced devices for his comfort, but the question is, “Are we really rising?” “Are we really going ahead of the time?” The emergence of modern technology has allowed humankind to live luxurious lives. Today, people indulge themselves with modern innovations, which did not exist in ancient world. The current age has coddled men with e-commerce, advanced communication, video conferences, digital libraries and many other advanced technologies. These inventions have prompted men to strive as much as possible. Due to today’s modernism, the world is called “a global village”.
It is worthy to note that at the time of our forefathers, we did not have blood pressure, heart attack or HIV aids. Every disease was simple to cure. In the same way, people were living a simple life with honesty, hospitality, dignity and respect. They used to study under lamps, with quality and quantity. They worked mostly in agricultural field but lived a happier life and connected to each other at any point of time. We think that we have risen into a wonderful life of innovations and surpassed our forefathers in almost every aspects of life! The twenty-first century seems to us a glorious age of modernity and we feel proud of ourselves on its achievements and ignore the ancient time’s accomplishments.
Modern people think that they are much more civilized than their forefathers and that they were not civilized as of them. But the evidences clearly show the reverse. Their true wisdom and knowledge are today’s main achievements and inventions. The archaeological excavations show that our forefathers were much civilized. The great pyramids of Egypt, the arena or the coliseum, palace buildings, etc. of Rome, great market places and the ports of Athens in Greece and many more that I can’t take names, are the symbols of ancient civilizations that we can’t see them unfortunately or bypass them in some ways. These achievements are the great examples of their civilizations to show how advanced they were in their particular time. Indeed, they were the true hero of their time and as well as ours.
The richness of ancient civilization can be seen from the architectural beauty of Afghanistan’s Buddahs in Bamyan, one of the world’s most glorious master-pieces that attract all people, from every corner of the world. The Kunduz Hoard of silver coins, the Bagram Treasure, a collection of precious 2nd-century Roman Empire, the eclectic mix of high-quality works that passed along the Silk Route, the Bactrian Gold, excavated at Tilla-Tepe, which included over 20,000 items from the 1st century.
The mix of Classical and oriental influence evident in the items forming the collection of Bactrian Gold demonstrates the creative fusion between cultures that has given the region its different character. These were built not only to worship the God but also for the sake of protecting their culture through arts for the knowledge of the future generations, for the sake of defensive activities during the times of wars and for storing grain seeds in the metal pots on the top of the Temples for regeneration of crops after droughts or great destructions.
More importantly, our forefathers had a very proper lifestyle, which demonstrates how wise and knowledgeable they were on their time. For the individual, they had planned four comprehensive stages of life, such as, survival, awareness and harmony. Thus, for the society they had developed four types of duties to be carried out in order to sustain their social justice for the sake of living a proper life, such as to provide guidance to the kings with wise advises was the responsibility of the philosophers, 2. To protect the nation was the responsibility of the kings, 3. To enhance the wealth of the nation was the duty of the merchants and 4. To serve under them was the duty of the craftsmen. They were living a very integrated life with harmony, brotherhood and unity. Their life was simple but wisely advanced in every field of life, particularly in the field of architecture, arts, science, astronomy, mathematics, medicines and many other means for their survival.
Not to ignore the fact, our forefathers were not much affected by their civilization as of today. They didn’t have problems as of now, such as extreme rate of unemployment, poverty, most dangerous diseases, economic backwardness, suicide-bombing and other inhuman acts of terrorism which are continuously hunting us and hitting us so hard. They were much civilized in their culture and did every effort to maintain and preserve their identity and culture that we are proud of today. But what so far we have done in response to their strife for our survival?
Condemn and ignore their sacrifices for our survival and state that they were ignorant and couldn’t do as of us. We destroyed their great achievements, such as great universities were demolished, wealth was plundered and temples were ruined to build up things of our own interest in the name of modern civilization or politics and religion. At their time, there were no borders and everyone was living a life free from boundaries, discrimination and annihilation. Their life was much more peaceful than now. They had a restful ways of life with honor, love and compassion.
Now let us see closely what so far our modern civilization has given us? Human freedom, a life worst than animals, human rights, beheading of the mankind, advancements of new disastrous nuclear bombs, the inventions of new technologies for transportation, communication and other destructive means of life? Do you mean these are to be called modern civilization? We have lost our conscience and moral in the name of modern civilization and become mad for gaining more. We ignore our parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and every part of our blood to satisfy our evil desire. We can’t feel the pain and our hearts have become stones. Man to acquire more, rushes like mad after something which is not clear, is behaving in a strange manner creating new psychological problems and unbecoming of a human being in the modern world.
In fact, our so-called civilization is purely materialistic and hundred percent destructive. Spiritual values no longer govern the actions of people, in every walk of life. With the loss of spiritual faith, people have also lost their main supportive source of consolation in their distressing circumstances. There is an increasing dissatisfaction with each one’s life. We do not know what to live for. Boredom with life and a feeling of ennui reflect our frame of mind. Thus a general restlessness prevails in our societies and rushes to bring further annihilation.
To put into a nutshell, I would like to add that only the economic and the scientific developments of the modern world, good dressings will not make modern man civilized. In today’s so-called modern world, the problems like population explosions, high rates of unemployment, Extreme poverty, killer diseases, threat of war, and pollution of environment have improved much more than the ancient time. For that reason, true civilization should be based on the sound state of our mind, human love and not on madness and hatred.
This doesn’t mean that I completely ignore today’s generation’s creations. Indeed, that is appreciable and worth concerning. But these inventive and creative activities should be good, beautiful and excellent. The main point is, our inventions and creations should be useful and not harmful to mankind. They must protect the living creatures of all kinds. The earth is rich and there is room for everyone and we must protect it all together and that is the true meaning of modern civilization.
This Article has been first published in Daily Outlook Afghanistan Group of Newspapers