Thirst for serenity in the noisy city life
In our bustling city lives, we are constantly surrounded by the hustle and bustle of modernisation. We live in a world where we are perpetually connected to technology, work, and other distractions that keep us from being alone with our thoughts. The need for serenity and solitude is more critical now. However, finding such a place in Bangladesh has become increasingly difficult as modernisation is engulfing even rural areas.
We are slowly losing the essence of solitude as modernisation takes over our society. With the increasing population density and urbanisation, finding a calm and serene environment has become a rarity.
According to the World Bank, the population of Bangladesh has increased by over 30 million in the past decade, which has led to a substantial increase in the demand for housing, transportation, and other services. This rapid increase in demand has resulted in over-development, increased traffic, and overcrowding, leading to noise pollution and a lack of a peaceful environment.
The problem of noise pollution is not limited to the city life of Bangladesh; even rural areas are being modernised, leading to noise pollution. Construction work, industrialisation, and the increased use of motorised vehicles contribute to noise pollution in rural areas.
According to a study by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, the sound level in some rural areas has increased by up to 20 dB in the last decade. In the past, the rural areas of Bangladesh were known for their calm and quiet surroundings. People could escape the busy city life to find solace in the countryside's natural beauty.
The destruction of serenity and solitude in Bangladesh has significantly impacted people's mental health. In recent years, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety have become increasingly prevalent in Bangladesh. In addition to mental health issues, the lack of calm and peaceful environments has negatively impacted people's physical health.
Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to noise pollution can lead to high blood pressure, hearing loss, and cardiovascular disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that noise levels should not exceed 70 decibels during the day and 55 decibels at night. However, in Bangladesh, noise levels in urban areas can reach up to 100 decibels, far exceeding the recommended levels.
The destruction of tranquillity also hurts productivity and creativity. The constant noise and distractions make it difficult for people to focus on their work, decreasing productivity. Research has shown that solitude can enhance creativity and problem-solving skills. In a society where people are constantly surrounded by distractions, finding time for solitude and calm is crucial to stay creative.
There are a few ways to combat the destruction of serenity and solitude. One approach is to create designated quiet zones in public areas such as parks, libraries, and public transport. This can help provide people with a peaceful environment to escape the noise and distractions of everyday life. Another approach is to promote eco-tourism in rural areas, which can help preserve the natural beauty and serenity of these areas while also providing a source of income for local communities.
At the same time, we as individuals need to be more conscious of our actions impact on the environment and take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. This includes reducing the use of motorised vehicles, supporting local businesses, and promoting eco-friendly practices.
As the world continues to develop and modernise, it is essential to remember the value of peaceful and quiet environments. In Bangladesh, it is necessary to create awareness about the importance of serenity and take measures to preserve it. We must balance the modernisation and preservation of nature and our mental and physical well-being.
In the end, it is up to each individual to take responsibility. This may entail developing personal habits, seeking peaceful locations within the city, or travelling to rural areas to escape the noise and bustle. By prioritising our desire for isolation and peace, we may improve our mental and physical health, increase our productivity and creativity, and live happier lives.