Beginning with a codicil to this article:
Swami Vivekanand says “the fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire”.
What is necessary to note is, what do we wish to derive from the fire!
Ultimately it is all about the balance, the understanding of the lower and the upper limit; beyond which this would become a part of hyperspace; a continuum where there is no control.
In the context of technology if we see, it would be too näive to say that we should just eradicate the technology; or stop producing it further. The necessity demands for just right amount of its production and use. But what is the definition of ‘right’ ? An equilibrium where the benefits to the society, humanity, health and the environment are much above the costs to the same.
Because if we follow the above quoted codicil, it is true that although the human race with its best potential has created and is still creating the best possible technology for its own best, a day might come when this technology could consume us into the vicious circle of our own doom or we should say that it has actually started the toll on us, because for every second we are stuck to this technology we go much farther from what is near us, whether it is family, society, environment or health and most importantly ourselves. Of course its benefits are also a lot talked about, then here arises the question of the ‘right balance’?
The same codicil gives us a dimension to look at its philosophical interpretation. We homo sapiens are actually born with energy that we could achieve anything and everything we put our mind to. But the above quoted words of Swami Vivekananda has actually a much more deeper meaning than this.
We actually need to exercise control over thoughts, emotions, memory, energy, and a lot more. Because it is true, a thing that proves to be worthy now might not hold the same at some point later. But if we still continue to derive or extract more and more from it we actually tend to become a slave of it. For instance if we laugh too much at a joke a while later we tend to kill it and it stops sounding funny.
Similarly if we cry too much or think negative too much or are depressed a hell lot, we tend to become a part of the spiral. So the negativity consumes us thus making it difficult for us to come out of it. On the off chance if we are positive, we therefore are in the virtuous cycle because the fire of positivity that warms us, boosts us, gives us a possibility to be a part of it. A call for balance is therefore of utmost significance. A need of decision is crucial.
In context of food this codicil could be elucidated. The food that we eat energises us at the same time to digest that food our body’s energy uses us.
There also tends to be an economic meaning of the same codicil:
If a variable factor is for n times worked on the fixed factor the returns tends to decrease from it after a peak positive level; “the law of diminishing returns”. Beyond which it delivers the negative returns too if we exploit it further.
The same addendum does hold in case of one aspect of poverty also. In most developing countries the poor families reproduce more children in a hope that one day they would be freed from poverty but this while they forget the efforts and costs they have to undergo to nourish and raise them to be out of this vicious cycle and when the costs to raise them now is greater than the benefits now, their children ultimately become a part of this ongoing poverty.
So parents’ initial hope of freedom from poverty being the ‘fire that warms’ and the latter reproduced children are the ‘fire that consumed’.
There is a saturation period of everything; it is a matter of time we realise it before we get onto the other side of it.
This holds true for relationships too. Whether they are personal, professional, societal, physical, spiritual, etc. What do we look for, before we become a part of one. And even if we donot, we cannot actually allow it to consume us in the sense that it cannot dictate us. A matter of space among the relationship keepers is vital. No matter in which relationship we are we cannot allow it to intrude or encroach our very personal space or boundary or freedom.
Thus stating, Excess of everything is bad;
because fire that soothes us, warms us can also burn us if we are around it for a prolonged period.
‘Such are the vicssitudes of not only fire but everything; it is us who are the contestants of the game and only we can decide when to play the game and make the most out of it and when to exit!’
*the article published has other several dimensions too; the author presented those where she could relate the best, with no offence to anyone.