The Cycle of Civilization
The struggle called life.
I feel that the timeline of
civilizations on earth follows a cyclic pattern. There is an initial period of
introspection when the inhabitants of the earth delve deep into themselves,
understand their relationship with the external world, and through a path of
spirituality are able to connect with the higher self. In such times altruism
rules and attracts the majority who move towards a higher vocation - a higher
call. This calling demands an amount of restraint, renunciation and sacrifice
not all can resort to. The results are also uncertain. At this time nature
provides the needs of people.
Then comes a period when power
struggles begin as the ego becomes stronger. The renunciation is replaced by a
desire for possession. There are still people who renounce and try to guide
populations. People take up vocations and the gaze shifts outward with family
needs and responsibilities taking center stage. Barriers come up as people of
one region separate themselves from others. Ambition and greed take over and
turf wars begin. This is a time of external conquests.
When borders are finally settled and
the powerful align themselves nature becomes the foe and the assault on nature
begins. The powerful try out their agendas and influence natural life patterns.
Nature which earlier provided with love is now raped for benefits. As
populations increase and people are taught to compete with one another the
finer qualities drop off and man is convinced that his basic nature is that of
an animal. The naked dance of greed and exploitation makes everyone forget the
relationship between man and nature. Nature as a living entity refuses to tow
along and retaliates both through natural calamities and by confusing the minds
of people. Catastrophes take place and another cycle begins.