Lessons For Life #519, 9-7-2020
“… a lot of these words that were incendiary in their time now seem almost harmless and laughable, because they have this archaic quality.” ~ Philip Kaufman ~
Incendiary, is a great word to describe 2020. For us in California, we currently have the 3 of the 4 largest fires in history burning at the same time and the August Complex which is 60 miles long and 30 miles wide is still growing on its whole Western front. It is 40 miles from my home and will probably not be out until it starts raining.
Political rhetoric has certainly had a fire to it. Each side is using less than kind descriptions of their opponents. The gentlemanly manner of the past has been replaced with non-gender specific inflammatory and defamatory accusations, many of which have little basis in fact. It seems they will do whatever they feel they can get away with and few have a voice to call them out. Chivalry has been burned into history.
Ask Portland, Seattle, Chicago and many of our other major cities if they think things have gotten a little too hot and out of control. I spent the night in Downtown Portland last weekend and it was certainly not the beautiful city I remember. Plywood has become a major street side structural component and the paint scheme is a lot more colorful.
Covid 19 has been this strange smoldering thing like we have never seen. We all have had our own opinion on how we should or should not allow it to torch our existence. Should it be intentional isolation, programmed productivity or ignorance of the risks.
The lesson for this week is to be careful when you start throwing fire around. It does not always stay where you put it and others can inflame things as well. Do what you can to put fires out. If you cannot affect the fire, help those which the fire has unjustly harmed.
Finally, what you think of as just as match others may see as a flamethrower or the thing which can light the fuse on a bomb. You may not even know the bomb is there…BOOM!…until it is too late.