Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

What a brilliant composition of words by Robert Frost. This poem can be looked upon in multiple ways.

The poem talks about the end of the world, and what would be its fate. He relates fire with desire and ice with hate. But think about it, aren’t these two the very forces that are causing the destruction of the world at this present moment.

There are people who can’t stop consuming, can’t stop giving into the callings of their hedonistic and carnal desires. The want of plenty has made them blind to harm that their actions bring, having ages ago stopped to distinguish between needs and wants. They are like raging fire with an insatiable appetite, set to devour anything that comes in front of them.

And then there are people who are full of wrath, the rampantblood shed and violence, people who want chaos to reign. It is as if they don’t feel anything, it is as if they are ice cold, dehumanised. And it is not just they that are dehumanised, we are also loosing our humanity, we are ourselves growing cold. Everyday we hear  and see things that sometime back would have shocked and disturbed us, but is now met with indifference.

May Allah (God) protect us from both these forces of destruction. Ameen.

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