It's a prolific year for pine cones, and i'm collecting bags full of them. A pine cone or two makes starting a fire in the wood stove easy; pine cones are almost as good kindling as fat sticks.
In these political days, it's easy to light the fire of righteousness. What's the matter with those people? Why can't they see things the way i see them?
But the fires of anger, worry, discontent, and even disgust are not dowsed by fighting fire with fire. The fire of fear burns hot. We are afraid of the other side, and they are afraid of us.
The Buddha said: Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
We might say: Anger never ceases by more anger, but is healed by kindness alone.
Let's kindle kindness. Let's take the high road and extinguish our own internal fires of fear.