By SANDEEEP NATH
The complete book, RENEWAL, was relayed to me between 20th Nov 2019 and 2nd Jan 2020. Almost every day, I wrote as directed by a power higher than myself.
In January, as I started to edit, I was struck by the simplicity of the content. In February, as the impact of CoViD-19 starting becoming known, I began to marvel at how most of the habits I was guided to write about were the ones the human species had to embrace, to save itself.
By March, with the lockdowns, a large portion of the world had been forced into living life differently. And the effect of doing this was visible on the ecology of the Planet. The air had become clean. Animals felt safe. Dolphins returned near cities. And to our surprise, we even had peacocks visit our apartment!
On Whatsapp, forwards included several poetic messages about how our habits had, in fact, caused us the most harm… and how (to copy-paste one such note):
The Corona Virus has made us realize that:
1. Humans are the real viruses on planet Earth.
2. A pandemic does not differentiate race, caste, or border.
3. Living a simple life is easy. We don’t need to consume a lot.
4. We can raise billions for the right causes without red-tape.
5. Wealthy urbanites are more vulnerable than rural poor.
6. We – and the kids – can survive without junk food.
7. Oil is worthless in a society without consumption.
8. The majority of people can work from home.
9. We are all connected by cause and effect.
10. We are not the masters of the Universe.
Meanwhile, conspiracy theories also propagated that Corona could be a technology innovation that backfired.
Or a carefully-planned method of warfare. Or even a way of turning the tables of the international economy. All that, however, is not significant.
What is of importance is that CoViD has been a wakeup call. A call that we will soon dismiss unless we cement the lifestyle changes into our routines before this is over. Before there actually is an orchestrated technology attack, the possibility of which has been mentioned in this book. CoViD was akin to a dress rehearsal for all the players to know how prepared they are.
The Pandemic has forced upon us many habits – such as being mindful of wearing a mask and washing our hands. If we use this opportunity to take these habits to the next level – by being mindful of what we eat and how much we consume – we will have a chance at renewing our world. And our preparedness for the future will increase manifold. If not, it will be an opportunity lost.
Therefore, it is my hope that you will appreciate the imminence of the messages contained herein and will do all in your power to reach this book to all the people you can.
This book has been written to be read and re-read. The habits recommended in it are to be discussed and debated in companies and within institutions. Social groups and professional communities need to explore the multitude of ramifications of the messages that RENEWAL carries. And eventually, it will become a movement, the way we early RENEWALists envisage it.
Thank you, dear reader, for starting to be a part of this Movement, to redesign our imprint on the planet.