Monday, July 4, 2016
Fireworks in Our Hearts
Ah, the pretty pyrotechnics. So magical. So colorful.
So overdue to be abandoned.
I'm referring to the literally incendiary man-made creations we set off around the holidays. Every year, someone loses a finger or an entire hand when a firecracker is poorly constructed or handled.
Not so magical.
And even if violent bodily harm is avoided, fireworks still do damage:
They pollute the air with smoke and dust that often contains residues of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Many also leave behind solid debris, including non-degradable plastics. Most also create noise pollution which is distressing for some people—such as those suffering from PTSD—as well as many breeds of animals, including domestic dogs and cats who suffer greatly.
All this for a passing, cheap thrill.
Yes, they are pretty. But so are the smiles of good friends. Let’s fill our festivities with more of the latter.
One day, 100% clean, silent holographic fireworks will become the norm. Until then, let the fireworks be in our hearts, our conversations, and our eyes.
Be safe. Be mindful. Be love.
Love and consideration.
Let's explode that stuff everywhere.
Happy July 4th.