Wednesday, December 03, 2008

progress or no progress?

Sometimes, I wonder if I was transported back 5 to 6 thousands years and with none of the technology we see today, would it have been a happier place? So many of our problems these days like pollution, wars, materialism etc can be argued to be because of the progress humans have made. So, would it have been better if we had remained as a very primitive tribe living off the land? Would you give up what you have now, cars, tv, computer, airplanes for a life in the forest where you will be spared all modern travails?

The following video on Chenchus in Andhra pradesh gives us a look into what that could be like in these times in our own country! I am not taking a position either way. Just posting it as food for thought!

Children of the forest

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very insightful and refreshing to learn about these folks. progress as in mordern day living can be summed up as "the rat race"...these tribes may be depicted as just "rat eaters", to me they have a lot of life experience which lacks in many "fat rats" who have topped the rat race - i mean the forbes 100 :) I hope we all can live and learn...

Nanda said...

True. We try to top the rat race and get the money and comforts it brings. Are we happier with that or living primitively and content with the life experiences it gives us? Its a difficult comparison. For one thing humans have become too intelligent to be happy living primitively even though it is stress free. Most would be bored within a couple of weeks! or would they? :)