Essay No. 236:
The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!: The verses given above show our craziness and obsession for material things. The world has gone deep in us in that we spend all our energies for acquiring wealth to enhance our material comforts. The verses are a good commentary on the present material mode of man’s living.
In the blind chase of wealth, we ignore the magnificence of nature which has a greatly salubrious influence of its own. In our hearts only dwells the love for material acquisitions. Men are blind to the beauty of nature as they are awfully busy in accumulating wealth for their material advancement in life.
Life of man thus revolves around materialism to the blind neglect of the finer sentiments in life. In other words, man has compromised on something eternal in him for the sake of earthly desires. He runs after increasing the magnitude of wealth for enjoining greater amount of material comforts and conveniences of life.
The west in particularly, already steeped in prosperity, wishes to increase its pace further. There is no end to it. The rich section of the society comprising the industrialist, the feudal, the elite, stands for the accumulation of more wealth in the third world countries. It is alienated from the grace and beauty nature. It’s thinking does not go beyond the limits of materialism.
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The world we live in presents a contrasts between prosperity and poverty. More than 70 percent of the world population lives in poverty, hunger and squalor especially in the third world countries including Pakistan. The poverty line continues to increase with the passage of time. People with empty stomachs cannot appreciate the beauty of nature.
All their emerges are directed towards earning two square meals a day. They wish to fill in their stomachs with something just to survive in life. How could poverty ridden people appreciate the beauty of nature? Their struggle aims at breaking the fetters of poverty.
The rich wish to accumulate wealth by fair or foul means and thus are mentally incapacitated to enjoy nature and its beauty. They can’t listen to sermons being delivered through stones and good in everything because they are inclined to hear something which gives them the happy tidings how to increase their wealth.
Hence both the rich and poor are handicapped to listen to the sermons of nature. Only mundanes appears to be their lot. We should thus try to ‘see in nature that is our’.