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Whispers of a Wise Tree

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Dr. Rizwan Rumi

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find solace in the embrace of nature. Recently, I embarked on a journey to escape the monotony of routine and sought refuge in the nearby forest. As I ventured into the serene wilderness, I was greeted by the majesty of towering trees, crisp fresh air, and snow-capped mountains that painted a picturesque scene.

Amidst this natural haven, I encountered an old tree with a story to tell. It expressed frustration and anger about the relentless actions of humanity. The tree warned of impending consequences, a revenge that nature might unleash if we continue down the destructive path we’ve chosen. Despite my efforts to pacify the tree, its grievances echoed a collective cry from the heart of nature.

Sitting beneath the wise old tree, I was joined by a group of sparrows, once abundant companions in my childhood. Their voices resonated with sorrow as they recounted the loss of families and homes due to human activities.

Their piercing questions forced me to confront the reality of our impact on their habitats. The sparrows, once plentiful around our homes, are now reduced to a mere few—a stark reminder of the changes we’ve imposed upon their world.

Monkeys in anger conveyed that humans often lament about simians entering their residences. However, if one decides to disrupt the habitats of these primates, humans should be prepared to accept the consequences that may follow.

In the midst of this exchange, a powerful message emerged – the urgent need for humanity to introspect and forge a friendship with nature. Our relentless pursuit of progress often blinds us to the profound interconnectedness we share with the environment. The plea from the tree and the sparrows highlighted the consequences of our actions and the toll it takes on the delicate balance of nature.

As I reflect on this encounter, it is evident that now is the opportune moment to redefine our relationship with the natural world. The time has come for us to befriend nature, to nurture and protect it rather than exploit it for our transient needs. The old tree’s words echo loudly: “You hurt nature, and nature will hurt you back.”

Our homes, shops, and structures may rise tall, but at what cost? Are we willing to sacrifice the beauty and balance that nature offers? It’s time to listen to the warnings of the wise tree, to acknowledge the pain in the voices of the sparrows, and to understand that our actions reverberate far beyond our immediate surroundings.

Let this be a wake-up call – a call to embrace harmony with nature, to tread lightly on this planet, and to be responsible stewards of the earth. Only through a genuine partnership with the environment can we hope to secure a sustainable and thriving future for generations to come.

(The author is a freelancer, writer and a columnist)

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