Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Different Form of Addiction


Monsoon season in Mumbai is long. Now it seems even longer as monsoon means no tigers for a few months anymore.

Wild animals attract me like a magnet. Ever since my animal obsession started, it has become more and more difficult to stay away from them for an extended period of time. And I am not the only one. I have friends who can go to exceptional length, sacrifice a great deal to be with animals. It is an addiction. Such an addiction that once you get it, you constantly look for opportunities to escape into wilderness, many times a year.

Human mind associates 'addiction' with a compulsive undesirable and destructive phase, when you know that you are harming yourself, and others, but you can't stop. But these wildlife lover friends, who do they harm? They just give in to the calling of the wild and they value the wild nature more than the material stuff in our day to day life.

In contrast, let's consider how we use plastic in our lives. Due to some apparent convenience, in only 150 years plastic has invaded every part of our lives. We all know that plastic is choking our planet, steadily making it uninhabitable for most of the species, including us. But we still keep using plastic. Is it any different from an addiction that we cannot get rid of even if we know it is slowly taking over our body and mind to kill us?

If I have to choose, I will choose wildlife addiction over plastic addiction all life long. 

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