Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is man really the most superior of all living beings?

Although we had a big and unusual downpour on March 31'st, Chennai is reeling under the heat of the summer with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit). The humidity is so high that you start sweating immediately after your bath. For the past few days the high temperatures are causing low pressure points fuelling tiny showers. Thanks to the sea nearby a steady breeze in the evenings is a comfort.

But be it the arid hot unforgiving summer or the wet rainy days in Chennai it amazes me how animals and birds carry on their daily lives in the open. When humans are unable to go on with their lives without the comfort of air-conditioning, air-coolers and fans running non-stop indoors, small animals, birds and insects go about their lives in the open as if they are untouched by anything or without any complaints. I do understand that they feel heat and cold too but unlike the humans who have adjusted school and college sessions to suit climatic changes, running off to the hills for cooler climates the other creatures with lesser senses than humans seem to go on unperturbed under the open sky 24/7/365. So who is really superior man or animal? Or is this a reminder of our weaknesses to throw away our ego and vanity and stop calling ourselves masters of the universe?

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