Salem

So many seek to inflict mortal damage rather than understand another’s point of view.  It starts with one person who has cast their humanity aside.  Then, one by one, others join in as a means of engaging in “holy” vengeance.  In the end, the flames of the executioner’s pyre are fanned and splash onto those that lit the fuel.  It spirals into chaos as those attacking the original victim begin to assault one another as a means of determining purity.  It is a bloody mess with heatseeking missiles that are drawn to all.

We are all familiar with the story of Salem.  Accusations of witch craft began against the poor and then spread along class and familial lines.  Whether any actual witches were being burned proved to be of secondary importance to the satisfaction of dealing mortal damage to one’s enemies.  Light or be lit, it seems.

Discourse is no longer appreciated nor wanted in today’s technological world.  A giant game of ‘telephone’ breaks out the minute anyone says anything that challenges the status quo.  Together we are stronger than ourselves.  “Together” is no longer possible, however, when everyone is hellbent in making their voices supreme, without sanity, logic, or reason.  We have a blowout in the radio room and only the shadow of static descends upon the landscape around us.

There is no cure.  Human nature is embracing it’s own bloodthirsty war between “us” and “them.” Technology is speeding along the vitriol that has always been present in the hearts of man.  Where war was fought with tar and flame or pen and paper before, it now occurs at the speed of light, with obscene hearts paired instantly with one another.  The bond between these hearts is as fleeting as the beat they march to.  One day, the witch will be you.

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