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30 Days of Gratitude, Day 15: Fire

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FIRE__OFire is a glorious, dangerous thing. From a certain point of view, it’s the basis of most modern technology, and was perhaps the first real technology, hardening spear points and cooking our food. In legends, fire is the giver of life and the destroyer of worlds.

For the human species, and indeed the species of every form of life on earth, whether they experience it directly or not, the sun is fire incarnate. The sun brings light and life and energy. Without that colossal speck of thermonuclear, incandescent brilliance the earth goes round and round, we would all die, and it wouldn’t take very long.

That’s thrilling and depressing at the same time.

On a more social level, fire gives us a meeting place. From our remote hominid ancestors sharing company in stories around the fire as they cook their food, which some of us still do for recreation today, to the spark of electricity that powers the smart phone I’m dictating this into, fire gathers us all together.

Fire is tool, one of the most important tools, maybe even the most important.

With fire, we live. More importantly, without fire, we don’t.

Be well, everyone.

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