Time for Introspection

By Niranjana KarthigaiRajan

This quarantine period is the time for us to introspect and make positive changes in our life for the betterment of our society and the environment we are living in. As Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” But is it sane to be happy at the cost of the environment or other’s suffering?

Have we ever thought about how our day-to-day activities or actions affect others’ feelings and also pollute Mother Nature?

Is it right on our part to slay animals merely to satisfy our taste buds; cut down our forest cover in the name of development which is home to millions of habitat; hurt fellow human beings emotionally and damage nature for our comfort and happiness?

What demarcates us from rest of living beings is the ability of the human brain to think and make out the good from the bad, and to act accordingly. So isn’t it our responsibility to follow the path of righteousness?

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking,” said Marcus Aurelius. Our life span is short and uncertain, so let’s learn to live a minimalistic, self-sustainable and a simple lifestyle. With that in mind, I have designed a few posters to help create awareness of the higher purpose of life, and to help us to introspect and bring about the necessary positive changes in our lives for the betterment of the environment.

* Published in print edition on 24 April 2020

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