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The End of the World

fire and iceImage by Raymond Larose via Flickr

Robert Frost once wrote about the end of the world in Fire and Ice, you remember this poem right?

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

This poem comes to mind especially after we had the weekend of the “Rapture” that wasn’t. I don’t want to be too flippantĀ about this because I do not want to tempt fate. Frost suggests that our emotional vicesĀ make either fire or ice a fitting end for us very flawed humans.

However, after watching weeks and weeks of damaging tornadoes and the new damage to Joplin, Missouri, I wonder if the world could end in wind, and just what emotional dysfunction Robert Frost would connect to apocalypse by wind.

Perhaps the wind comes from the current climate of dissent. I know it could be global warming but that doesn’t fit the paradigm. It is not a human emotion, although it may result from a human need for comfort and luxury (which are considered sinful). I do not think the people of Joplin are especially guilty of any of these human failings and we are all in awe of how fearful nature can be. We’ve seen almost all of nature’s scary power the past few years. What can we say to people when they are faced with these kinds of loss? You are with us in our hearts and in our minds. It isn’t enough, but it is all we have.

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