Led by the urge of self-interest, human beings are neglecting ecology at every step. We have to remember that the sky, the air, birds, hills, wild animals, reptiles, insects and flies, fish, marine creatures and aquatic plants are all bound by an inalien-able bond. Human beings are only a part of that vast common society. No one can survive to the exclusion of others. Not even humanity. By fool-ishly destroying the forest, wild animals, annihilating the fish and the birds, no possible human interest could be served. Whoever is born on this earth dies. One only survives on this earth for the period allotted to one by nature. As a result of human folly, many creatures and geological phenomena will not survive for that period. Long before their natural end, they will be swallowed up by eternity. Humanity through its own madness has annihilated numerous creatures and objects and has thus prepared its own funeral pyre. This act of sheer short-sightedness is intolerable. People will have to be alert henceforth. They must shape their thoughts, works and plans in accordance with the science of ecology. There is no other way left open to them.
17 June, 1984. From Neohumanism in a Nutshell Part 2, and Birds and Animals, Our Neighbours, both by Ananda Marga Publications. Re-published with permission.
Published in Neohumanist Review, Issue 1, September 2023, p 39.