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Bushfires:the furnaces that consume lives

Posted on: 13 January 2013

Enervating is the only way to describe the weather around Canberra and many other parts of Australia today. But if enervation is making you feel sorry for yourself I ask you to energise yourself and start thinking about the people affected by the loss of life, not in the physical sense, but mentally, as they return to where once they lived.

In all probability they will continue to experience that loss of life as they remember the home that had become the repository of how they had lived and loved over more years than they care to remember. The memories will be sad particularly for those people whose wife or husband is already experiencing memory loss. No amount of money, no matter how large, will ever be able to compensate for that loss.

I can write about the latter because as that particular danger has already intruded into my life, when it reaches its zenith it will feel as if a firestorm has consumed the person I have been married to for fifty three years come Wednesday, 16th January.

Even if not affected by any of the foregoing I know many future experiences will trigger past memories for people. It could be a smell of perfume, the smell from a particular dish being cooked and anticipating the feeling of pleasure it brought even if only a meat pie and chips which, though not an epicurean delight, felt that way because in its preparation it carried that special love ingredient that was part of their everyday life.

That said, I have no intention of getting on my soap box to harangue you about other matters that have the same effect as bushfires. In fact I only have to read the daily papers, listen to news broadcasts on radio and television to bring memories of seventy years ago.

But I would be wrong not to say something so let me start with the firebombing carried out by the Luftwaffe on Glasgow (my paternal grandparents were affected and had to be evacuated) and other parts of Britain, that were reciprocated at a later date by the RAF with its attack on Dresden. I hoped that, as civilisation improved, no longer would people deliberately start a fire that would kill. It seems inconceivable that some people in society today that some people still do so.

Of course I don’t have to go as far back in time to the two examples I’ve used. One only has to look at Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and those other Middle Eastern countries that on a daily basis face bombing that cause fires, kills many and leaves families in a similar state to those damaged by the bushfires.

But perhaps the reason that this condition still exists is because so much violence still exists; that society has become so acclimatised to violence that whatever its form and whenever it occurs it is now taken for granted.

Little wonder that some people are given to say of civilisation: bah, humbug.
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