Saturday, February 25, 2006

We need more people like him...

Here is a man who works with nature…
He is going to make a healthy planet a reality,
He is going to make the future a possibility;
We need to be like him,
And make a difference where we can,
For I'm sure none of us want to be mere statistics!

In the heart of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in India, is situated the Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. In a 30-acre private plot adjoining the reserved area lives a man in his petite cottage. He spends all his free time watching the wild animals visit his unfenced haven. He digs water sources and salt water pools for them. He plants trees for the beautiful birds to inhabit. He lays no traps around his house. He cuts no trees for firewood. He makes no cemented pathways in the grasslands. He shoots neither snake nor boar. His grandchildren roam the forestland with no fear of the animals, only justified caution, lest they intrude on nature’s privacy. He has realized the value of nature and passed on the knowledge to his progeny.

He is no mere statistic… his contribution matters.

Disclaimer: This person whom I've written about is real. I met him a few summers back in his 'unfenced haven' - an accomplished professional, who decided to give it all up for a life of oneness with nature. Hats off to him!

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