we didn’t start the fire

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Billy Joel

(image courtesy ABC News / Santa Clarita fire of 2016)

I agree we didn’t start the fire,
I’m not so certain that I agree with Billy Joel that we’ve really tried to fight it.

I see the current images of protesters, marchers, demonstrators…
full of contempt and vile discord.
I see the looting, the vandalism, the cars overturned,
the broken glass, the fires started…
once again, in the name of cause.

I hear the rhetoric of anti this and anti that…
the blaming, the finger pointing,the divisive dismissal of one human to another…

Maybe your mindset is that none of this is your fault.
You didn’t cause any of this to happen.
For better of worse you and me, we’ve merely inherited this mess….

As each generation bemoans the generation before it while present generations
opine about the future…

Rather than igniting new fires, fueling fires or fanning fires…
all of which this country has gotten really good at doing,
perhaps it would behoove all of us to simply start extinguishing the fires…..

The one who sins is the one who will die.
The child will not share the guilt of the parent,
nor will the parent share the guilt of the child.
The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them,
and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

Ezekiel 18:20

7 comments on “we didn’t start the fire

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    Hi, Cookie. In my opinion from what I read heard and observe. There are those, are so intent on gaining power, that they seek to divide us into factions at odds with each other. We need to help them see we, with more “traditional” values, mean them no harm. With understanding, there is no problem.

  2. I so agree with the comment at top. Very well said indeed. Great post! 🙂 ❤

  3. Karen says:

    To put out the fires, the flames have to not be fanned. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    It’s really discouraging to me to see that people have not learned how to solve problems in a civilized way anymore. I know this isn’t something new, but with lack of face to face communication and verbal skills, the problems will get worse. We need to start communicating personally again.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    A good heart check reading this.

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