Hindu Ethics: Human Attitudes Towards Nature And Environment

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There has been a tremendous shift in the human attitude towards nature and environment through the age’s .The ancient Indians had embraced and adopted a set of ethical and moral values which truly respected nature. They followed ethical principles while using land, water and air. For ex: since the land is the part of the earth, and they looked upon earth as the benign mother, land needs protection from all kinds of pollution, environmental hazards and exploitation for egoistic reasons. But now, sanctity and divinity is not found in the ethical principles as they are no longer deemed important. As such, land has become a commodity to be played with. The same is true when we look at the other resources. Earlier natural resources where looked at not only from the perspective of their usefulness to humans but also largely from the view of their being a home for the millions and millions of animals and birds and other living and non-living entities. Plants and trees had their own life which not only sustained humans but was sanctuaries to other creatures. But now, environment and its pollution, is looked only from the human point of view and biodiversity that is also a part of this earth is grossly forgotten. Hindu philosophy puts great importance on environment sustainability since they realized that for a balanced growth of humanity, protection of our environment is important and said that people polluting the environment were cursed. Accordingly, a code of conduct (Dharma)
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