Warmth in Fire

Fire has been an element that has been around for hundreds of thousands of years amongst living beings. First introduced as early as 500,000 BC. The first introduction of fire was lightening. Sparking fires, humans quickly caught on that they could harness this extremely destructive, yet useful and inventive, element. “Not until about 7000 BC did Neolithic man acquire reliable fire-making techniques.” Creating friction between two wooden objects is the most common understanding of how to light a fire without the help of matches or lighters.

Fire has unlimited uses. 5 most common, and important, uses that come to mind are:

1) Cooking

2) Signal fires

3) Warmth

4) Comfort in the home

5) Destruction

Cooking food is extremely important. Especially when dealing with meats, appropriately cooking a piece of meat may mean the difference between thoroughly enjoying a meal or getting deathly ill. Parasites, diseases, and harmful bacteria tend to reside in meat, especially cow meat. Fire elevates the consumption experience due to its unique ability to not only compliment a food’s natural taste by accelerating it, but can also help your health.

When a plane crashes or a ship goes down in the middle of the ocean and the passengers find their way to a deserted island, their greatest chance of survival is getting noticed by an overhead plane or rescue helicopter. This idea of isolation has been portrayed and depicted in film and literature. People love reading about and watching people in distress and viewing how they deal with that particular situation at hand. An example of this distress would be the popular TV show Lost. This show gives you the full experience of how human beings revert back to their primal instincts. What the characters on the show decide to do is build a signal fire for overhead planes in order to be rescued from their uncertain fate. This idea can also be connected to literature in the Lord of The Flies. The school boys in this book by William Golding crash on a deserted island and must fend for themselves in order to survive. Their instinct to get rescued is to build, of course, a signal fire on the very top of the highest mountain in order to be spotted.

Fire is the quintessential idea of warmth. When I think about fire, I think about warmth. Combining numbers 3 and 4, my understanding of fire in the home can be linked to comfort and heat. In the winter, the difference between being comfortably warm in your home and being freezing cold may just be lighting a fire in your fire place. When a family lights up their fire place, it really opens up a home. Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can be referenced when dealing with fire and safety. The second level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is “safety”. Safety and shelter are some of the basic needs that a human must obtain to live a healthy, happy life. “Security needs are important for survival, but they are not as demanding as the physiological needs. Examples of security needs include a desire for steady employment, health insurance, safe neighborhoods, and shelter from the environment.” Shelter from the environment relates to a warm fire inside the home for comfort.

Destruction is the most powerful part of fire that comes to mind. Once fire is no longer contained, it can be extremely damaging. Brush fires in forests have been known to kill hundreds of animals and destroy habitats and environments that have been growing and thriving for thousands of years. Once these forests are destroyed, the rehabilitation process must begin and the forest has to start all over from the beginning. Lightning is the biggest offender of brush fires. As I discussed earlier, lightning was most likely the first discovery of fire by man and how it can be harnessed and controlled. However, once fire becomes uncontrollable, the destruction and chaos it brings is truly incredible.

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  1. I like the links (you did a little copying from the wiki-answer page….give them credit)
    I also like how you added the TV Show Lost and Lord of the Flies (not dissimilar)…You might have brought in Maslow’s Hierarchy as fire is a matter of safety for some, and higher up for comfort.
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