CHAPTER 1: THE PREDICAMENT OF STRESS

      In the long course of evolution of life, the human species is endowed with a formidable and complex brain with enormous memory and thinking power that helped it subjugate practically all other forms of life on this planet. Many varieties of flora and fauna are decimated and made extinct by man, which earned him the dubious distinction of being the greatest predator of all. Humankind has won the evolutionary battle of competition for survival against other animals and creatures. Unfortunately, the paradigm of competition has turned upon us like the proverbial genie, and now we are fated to compete among ourselves! The world is plagued with cut-throat competition at every step in our lives, and its devastating consequences are manifest everywhere.

    Of course, on one side, the paradigm of competition has worked as a driving force behind the enormous progress made by humankind in the economic and technological spheres. It has been instrumental in creating immense wealth and material comforts that are unprecedented. On the other hand, the culture of competition has its excesses and perilous consequences. Rampant commercialism and stress are the two pernicious products of the competitive ethos of the modern age. In turn, commercialism has created the evil of unbridled consumerism, which is surreptitiously dragging humanity toward environmental disasters, like global warming threatening the very existence of life on this planet. The ecosystem of this tiny planet is placed under such tremendous pressure that its capacity for sustaining life is on the brink of collapse. Again, the commercial interests of nations have failed in addressing the environmental problems and ignoring the welfare and rights of future generations.

     An objective perception beyond the dazzle of the modern luxuries would reveal that we are in a much dire situation than our ancestors were some millennia ago in terms of mental peace and health. Even if that is brushed aside as a romantic illusion of a bygone era, it is certain that we are moving slowly but surely toward a suicidal crisis, given the colossal problems of environmental degradation, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and spread of diseases like AIDS, obesity, and diabetes. On top of that, we have stress as the biggest killer in modern times.

     The evolutionists tell us that many species on this planet became extinct on their own by hitting the dead ends of their evolutionary progression. Hopefully, it should not happen that while impulsively sharing the same fate, we get snared in the dazzling dead end of technologies and commercialism. It reminds us of Albert Einstein’s quote, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Read more in the book…..           foot