F is for fire. Be it literal, idiomatic, or symbolic
Unless you have been living in a cave, you are a bit amish, or sleeping during literature class in High School, you would know that in Greek Mythology, there was once this awesome guy (or titan? Not THAT titan SNK fans) named Prometheus who was said to have passed the knowledge of fire to mankind, and was punished for it. According to legend, he was sentenced to eternal torment (look it up, I’m sure you’ll know why I did not mention it) for angering the gods due to his action. Nonetheless, He was the hero of the people. He was celebrated, adored, even worshipped. He received the ancient rockstar treatment.
So what do we get from all this ancient lecture? Simple. Fire is mankind’s analog for progress-warm, kindling and comforting; but also possibly violent, destructive, and unpredictable. Who would have thought that after such a short amount of time (ask a geologist, he/she will say the same) our young race has risen from rubbing two sticks together for warmth to rubbing that pizza stain off your iPod. Who knew, right?
But I guess we may have won our keep in the genetic lottery. Science, or at least your high school science teacher would tell you that the earliest of human beings used tools and fire as a means to survive. Epochs and histories of discoveries later, the industrial revolution became a hallmark of human innovation. This time around, we are beyond baby steps into progress, and now transitioning into finding a greater calling and using these wondrous products of human invention and delve beyond realms imaginable.
All this progress, growth, and technology, all compressed and condensed into a by -product of human culture – a selfie.
It sometimes wonders me how such a thing would be more famous than CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, Marie Curie and the Hubble Space Telescope. I also cannot imagine why anyone, anyone would make a horribly big deal out of it, so much so that it can be at the expense of someone’s life. We now bear the sins of Albert Eintein’s fears. We will soon suffer for it. Personally, my only hope is that all that media hype about, well… media hype would subside and usher in more people into the pursuit beyond what we already see.
So to you dear reader if you ever read this, know this fact: Kim Kardashian is not an ideal superhero, so it’s about time to pick up that Bunsen burner and get your science on. 🙂