The Hearth And The Resurrection – Thelegaltorts

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The Fire And The Resurrection – JONATHAN TURLEY

By Darren Smith, weekend contributor

After settling on a long road trip, I came across the remains of wildfire and the subsequent rebirth of rolling grass fields. The fire burned through this rural area, but to my amazement I could not find any lost houses or outbuildings on or around the path of destruction. I initially attributed this to extremely skillful fire fighting. But in the end, according to one resident I spoke to, it was more nature taking care of itself.

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Those who have lived in areas prone to forest fires know that if there is ever something good to be found there are two things: gorgeous sunsets with golden light filtering through smoke and dust and green waves filtering out Ashes fields germinate. The latter was certainly successful today.

The neighbor I spoke to, who came with me when I set up my camera, mentioned that the cause of the fire was an electrical transformer that exploded. I spoke of my observation of how the fire seemed to have been torn away from the houses. He told me that most of the damage was avoided by changing winds, which seemed to have almost pushed the fire through the neighborhood. First down a field and before it hit a development it changed direction and led the fire down a houseless corridor until it was eventually put down by fire departments. After seeing countless forest fires in my life – they are a staple of my life – this has truly been a rarity.

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Yes, it is easy to ascribe human-like intentions and wills to nature. Most likely there is no such awareness. Nature as a whole has no sense of itself or a purpose. It exists because it just “is” and “becomes”. And there can be rest in that.

I would suggest that we begin the process of not being as homocentrically insular as a species that is solely focused on our own drama and activities, and instead spend an occasional moment accepting that the earth is upon the we live, all is what we ever have. Time, distance, and our own fallibility give us no other options. Nature will renew itself as much as we keep burning it down, as we do. But at some point it won’t give us any respite or hospitality. It’s not personal. It’s strict isness.

By Darren Smith

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