D A Y F O U R: Thursday 5th March
If we were stripped right down to our barest of souls how would we cope with
it? Or, to put it another way, how would we survive at the most basic level of
humanity with nothing more than our wits to keep us alive?
In our apparently witless world the vast majority of us would probably perish
without our improbable matrix of gadgets on hand to do everything for us.
The human species flourished after the noble discovery of fire. Once the fire
is alight, the flame must be kept burning. A flame that lurks deep within each of us
and yet has been dimmed by artificiality, neon jazz hoardings and ‘technobabble’.
Fire is heat, light, sterilisation and community, amongst many other things, and it
binds whole human civilisations together like no other element. On a cold and dark
desert night a fire is the last piece of the sun that carries us through to another blazing
dawn where it can boil the undrinkable and cook us our breakfast over an open spit.
If we all got busier embracing our need to survive maybe we could live in a
more idyllic and peaceful world where no-one would have the time or inclination to
waste their valuable thoughts and energy on killing or betrayal. We could once again
become a global human team all sharing the one true goal of survival, instead of
unadulterated greed and success.
The simple and immensely rewarding joy of sitting around a roaring campfire
telling stories is a skill that appears to have been lost to us in our crazy techno world
and with it, sadly, the need to care a little more for one another.