Blog Post #270 Fire and Ice

Blog Post #270 Fire and Ice

Using another Robert Frost Poem today – Fire and Ice

Here is the poem:

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.


Fire and ice – opposites – will we burn up – or freeze up.  Frost uses the word “desire” – which I think is extreme passion as fire; and he uses the word ‘hate’ for the coldness of heart and for the end of the world by ice.  

As I write, Syria is still engulfed in a civil war.  I will admit I don’t truly understand the conflict other than what I hear.  To my ears it seems like the President of Syria is a ruthless dictator who wants to squelch the opposition; to others it seems like the rebels want to get rid of the President.  The consequences are that many in the middle get hurt (or killed). The news coverage shows cities bombed out, and that humanitarian help is frequently too little, too late. I don’t know if this qualifies as ‘ice’ for the coldness of heart to want to destroy others, or fire with extreme passion to destroy others.  At what point is warfare necessary? Was the American Civil War and the terrible death toll necessary? In some respects it said “We are ONE union – and although there has been talk about this state or that state (Texas or California) leaving the union, it just will not happen. Did a northern army have to fight a southern army of fellow citizens to end slavery and to end the argument about state’s rights?  Could a court case solve the issue?

Hatred is part of the human mind.  It is easy to hate another person for their color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.  It was Protestant Christians fighting Catholic Christians in Northern Ireland for years (fortunately now settled); it is Sunni Muslims fighting Shiite Muslims.

People hate others without walking a mile in their shoes.  People hate because of political differences. People hate others for a lot of pretty poor reasons (in my opinion).  

Norman Rockwell painted the four freedoms in the 1940’s – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship; Freedom from Want; Freedom from Fear.  Shouldn’t those four freedoms still be part of us?

So, fire or ice?  How do you think the world will end?  Mass nuclear bombs killing us all off?  Or might peace and compromise still prevail? AAC

What do you think?

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Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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