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Created or Evolved?

Author: Dr. Ali Khwaja

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Created or Evolved?

I sit on the balcony and look out. Some fields below, cows grazing, and birds flitting about. A dog wags her tail when I call out to her, a cat ignores my greeting and walks away majestically. The gaze goes beyond, and the land rises up to lush green-covered hills. Not very tall, but majestic by themselves. Serenity all round, everything moves slow and in measured paces – even the sun casting longer and longer shadows on the hills.

Though green dominates, other colours merge smoothly, even the bright yellow of the sunlight as it turns golden and then a dull orange. A spattering of red, purple and blue complete the panorama.

Whether we humans go there or not, nature flows. The dog chases the cat, the bull eats up the grass, and wild animals eat their prey. The lush green landscape turns a barren brown – until the torrential monsoon rains bring back the green from nowhere. The trees voluntarily shed their fruit, the crop is razed to the ground. The old tree faces the brunt of thunder and collapses. Yet the fact is that nothing changes – unless man goes on a merciless mission of wiping out the bounties of nature.

I smile when Creationists debate vociferously with Evolutionists. Was the world created by an omnipotent god, or did it evolve over millions of years to its current state, they argue. I have a question to both - is it important? Is theorizing about the origin of humans more important, or is preserving the world of utmost priority?

City dwellers: next time you go out to a vacation amidst nature and come back to your concrete jungle, do ponder over what you inherited and what you are leaving behind.

 

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