Environmental effects of industrialization were concentrated in cities. Urbanization is the process of transforming an uncivilized area into a developed city. Then, industrialization and urbanization are really connected. To make these terms possible, science is needed. Science’s products such as machines have helped us work conveniently, but these had never been scrutinized for their flaws.
In the world, nature has forces that humans certainly cannot control, yet people contribute in dilapidating their habitat, and even themselves. Industrialization and urbanization’s effects were self-evident. Examples of these effects are: air pollution from coal used in steam engines, water pollution from sewage, wastes from iron and textile industries, milldams that block the spawning of fish, etc.
Urbanization is admittedly useful to people. Urbanization describes a country’s economic growth. A city is where education is really concerted. It is also a symbol of richness since industrialization is a tool used to urbanize areas. At its one side, urbanization can make us work efficiently and conveniently. But on its other side, it helps creates a gap from rural centers since it eats everything up. This gap makes the opportunities limited to the people in the rural centers, and helps them lose their occupation, which leadsthem to frustration. Correspondingly, there would be an unbalanced allocation of services; only few teachers and doctors wouldwish to serve there.
Nevertheless, provinces are like a paradise free from stress. Isn’t it so peaceful to live in rural areas; sensing every inch of the sound of silence, but insects while thinking nothing? There, spending more than an hour in traffic will not be experienced, one will be able to think clearly by having a relationship with nature, and primary needs will always be available in just a few walks.
In relation to the forces of nature, urbanization that is paired by industrialization makes available of pollutions. These pollutions trigger the forces of nature to rumble regularly. It is evident in the strange changes of weather nowadays. It seemed like humans are destroying their own habitat indirectly. With no doubt, people probably think of the possible aftermath of urbanization and industrialization. They probably got overwhelmed by the idea of power.
The aftermath of urbanization and industrialization—may it be positive or negative in the eyes of anyone—affects our feelings, coping mechanism, fears, and strengths. If a force of nature like tsunami together with industrialization and urbanization’s products suddenly interferes a man’s usual day, he would be forced to conquer his fears, maximize his strengths, and adjust to his environment (by any means), however his feelings was affected. This situation could be a representation of what happened to the Filipinos when they were invaded by the Spaniards. Urbanization and industrialization could be a representation of the Spaniards’ means of occupying the Philippines. On a very peaceful day of uncivilized Filipinos, a natural force (Spaniards) appeared, disrupting them using industrialization and urbanization (religion). The Filipinos only had two choices: to use industrialization and urbanization as an advantage, or to preserve their culture. Regardless of their already-abandoned culture, most of the Filipinos probably thought that industrialization and urbanization could help them a lot; making their work convenient, making them advanced, and giving them broader knowledge and awareness. The Filipinos used the colonizer’s influences as an advantage. This thing could also happen to other countries.
These relations and representation were what I think present in the exhibit that used multimedia as a medium and was entitled Safe Place in the Future(?) Dystopia Now Utopia Never, held at the Museum of the Contemporary Art and Design of College of St. Benilde – School of Design and Arts.
The problems and conflicts stated above were quite hard to solve. Any solution purported for it must be done patiently and repeatedly because it will take years to completely eradicate the unhealed illness. We may say it is hard to think that your efforts will never be enough; and if that so, then you do not give justice to the reason why you are living. See? These problems are really hard to solve! The cause of these is urbanization and industrialization. Why cannot we just live simply? We need to develop in technology, in riches, and in wisdom, but maybe what we have now is too much. After all, everything here in this world is temporary. We cannot bring our treasures to our second life. I am not saying that we should remain unknowledgeable, ignorant, unaware, oblivious, and naive, but that we should be practical. Too much of everything kills.
The reason for all of this is the hunger of a country for development and power. What they do not realize, is by making their country better, they are actually destroying it. The root of this search is the sourness, bitterness, and dissatisfaction that came from the interfering and unappreciative mind.