The world is too much with us
The world is now at the apex of post-modernism era in terms of scientific development and living standard. There is no chance to dissent this from the external changes happened in last few decades. Needless to say, that the world is now in our clutch with time and energy being saved to a greater deal. Just with a touch of a finger on screen we can virtually cross across the world. Our concept of life has completely become ease-loving and materialistic. Hence our observation of everything overrates material gain. Sadly this tendency of giving material gain the first priority is increasingly outweighing the human bent of our inner world. With the ease of access to material gain our moral gain is deteriorating. An all pervasive moral crises have engulfed the entire world.
In this world of free flow of information every day we come across this crisis either at home or abroad through mass-media. Every social, political or religious mischief raises huge outcry in social media as well as print and electronic outlets. In protest, social activists, intellectuals and feminists take to streets in demand of exemplary punishment bringing the culprit to book. Following public broadside, instant transfer or suspension of members of the concerned authority comes into effect for negligence of duty. Drumming up 'lack of rule of law' in news and views as well as talk show goes for next some days rather than delving deep into the causes on the backdrop of socio-economic spectrum.
The latest reason behind such outcry was the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa student of Shonagazi under Feni allegedly under the direction of her incarcerated Principal against whom her parents had earlier filed a rape case. It is learnt from newspaper that the Principal out of vengeance directed his cohorts from jail to burn Rafi alive. However she succumbed to her scars just a couple of days after she had been admitted into hospital.
Attempt to disgrace students in educational institution is not new in Bangladesh. On several occasions this type of social malign rocked the country. Rape is currently taking place mainly in two spots in country; running bus and education centre. Bus drivers and helpers bereft of education and spiritual training under the effect of drug are being subjected to their instinct. But why the persons on whom falls the charge of building a nation?
Interestingly our next door neighbour, so called biggest democracy in the world and our government's ideological ally India is also facing the same social and ethical erosion. News of rape in yoga centres or running bus there is surfacing in media with regular interval.
Some may argue with me over the nexus between the death of Rafi and materialism. For them the answer is Epicureanism which is nascent at every stage of materialism. Epicureanism is making us selfish, intolerant and impatient. It is preventing our conscious to dictate us. In this world of materialistic spree we are getting over-dependent on machineries and technologies. Mechanism is regularly replacing the artistic bent of our heart.
We prefer to live in the artificial world of Facebook and Twitter. Amid the sea of people every individual is getting lonely like an island. Members of the same family remain busy on their respective Facebook detached from each other. This is how the very knit of familial and social fabric is getting loose. Cases of divorce, broken families and extra marital relations are increasing alarmingly. Temptation of a falsehood is driving us. With the blow of materialism the very concept of 'plain living and high thinking' is failing to dance to the tune of age. Rather a competition of high living and plain thinking is bringing about social unrest.
The doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements has no doubt brought about revolutionary change in the life style of developed nations. But if we have a look in Western countries, we can see there a presence of extreme spiritual crises. With all kinds of amenities and facilities citizens are being afflicted with frustration and other psychological problems. With children and grand- children they are alone. Last part of their lives pass in old home accompanied by pet dogs. Although material facilities provide them enjoyment it hardly ensures them peace.
William Wordsworth truly glorifies-
'The world is too much with us late or soon
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers
Little we see in nature that is ours
We have given our hearts a sordid boon'
The writer is a poet