“The human mind likes tangibles. We understand what we can count or measure. So, we defined ‘development’ as an economic measure because we thought more money equals more happiness. And we couldn’t have been more wrong because economic development and happiness are driven by opposite forces – one is led by greed (more the merrier) and the other by low expectations versus reality (less is more).”
In the beginning, there was only nature. We lived alongside her laws and her ways. With the annals of time, humans created civilisation. Without the written word, civilisation wouldn’t exist. And it all began with the scribes – the very first wordsmiths who etched their words so they would never be forgotten or lost.
The rivalry between nature and civilisation is age-long. Ever since civilisation raised its head, nature seems to have been ignored. Many novels of the Victorian Era as well as of the modern generation tend to focus on this theme of civilisation versus nature – showing how dangerous the battle can be and how the forceful mingling of civilisation and nature can only bring disastrous consequences.