My Thoughts on Fire at 2 AM

The other day, I was talking to a distant relative in front of a fire and for some reason it made me wonder about fire and everything that comes with fire, and this is what I came up with.

Fire is so ominous. I don’t think it’s the hotness or the scorching that truly scares us. I think it’s the opportunity to do destruction that scares us. It’s the fact that it’s not easily controlled, but so easily made. Fire can be harnessed by any individual literally and figuratively. Literally, we can make fire with wood and oxygen. Figuratively, we can make fire with an uproar against a particular subject or subjects. We fear fire–fire that will destroy and disrupt and take away–and yet, we can be the flames. It’s so easy for us to become consumed by the fear of fire, and it’s a deadly consumption.

At the same time, you see, fire can be seen in a totally different view point. Where it may have destroyed and disrupted, it has renewed and brought a new beginning. It’s started a new story. Perhaps, the fire started with a foul beginning, but it’s not responsible for a foul ending. For example, let’s say a fire burns down your home. What you do or don’t do ultimately is your decision. Yes, the fire was the catalyst towards the choices, but in no way did it open its mouth and tell you to pick one option over another. Many like to blame their life on one particular moment, when they shouldn’t. They should blame nothing and remember their choices from that particular moment and forward. A lot of us have been blessed with so many choices, but that’s all they are. We can’t make them fight over us. It’s always put decision in the end. Fire can only fight more fire.

Everything else either enhances the flames or smothers them. Oxygen, or wind, for example is a friend. Water, on the other hand, is a foe. Fire–something that is so terrifying and so blamable–can also be built up or taken down. It has no say in whether it devours a building or falls to its death by the hose of the firemen. It can not speak against or for its hunger. It’s an inanimate object, and though it seems uncontrollable, it’s highly able to be controlled. Should it not? Think about it. We are everything fire is. We have things that build us up and tear us down, only we’re more enhanced. We can speak. We can decide. We can control a situation if we want to.

We are fearful of an element that can’t even decide when it kills or doesn’t kill. Yet, there’s people every day who DECIDE to kill or not kill. Perhaps, we are scared of fire because it’s not human; but, perhaps, fire isn’t scary because it’s not human.

Fire is destruction.
Fire is renewal.

Humanity is enhanced destruction.
Humanity is enhanced renewal.

It’s just something to think about. If one must be fearful of something, than the fear should be placed wisely.

Jinapher J. Hoffman


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