The title for this entry comes from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wakefield. This tale tells of a point in human history where mankind gets together and burns everything that has ever been created by mankind as to initiate a new beginning, a mulligan on a grand scale, if you will; and as you can imagine – this was a very large fire.
In the story, a man warns the spectators that they should be neither glad nor sad, because the fire is consuming only that which is consumable. The Devil then states that the organizers of this great fire have forgotten to offer to the fire the essential element as to allow humankind a chance to start over – the human heart.
It is this day, perhaps, that keeps me from being cheery about humanity. When shall we cease to be so avaricious and really evolve?