The Fire That Leaves All As Ash

Hatred is fire, and a powerful weapon too tempting for many to resist.

It is easy to inflame a few people with words, actions, and deeds.  Such people with their passions ignited will easily take terrible actions and commit atrocities.

Soon, seeing the actions of this hateful group, others will burn with hatred of them.  These people, caught up in the fire of hatred, will in turn do even worse acts.  These acts will catch many innocents, many unawares, many who were not enemies.  Those who survive these acts of retaliation will be further enflamed.

Thus hatred spawns hatred, the fire spreads.  Clever, sly men will use the fire of hatred to achieve their goals.  Clever, sly men will benefit when their followers and deceived agents hate each other.  Clever and sly men know hatred too easily blazes alight, and those blinded in the brilliant agony of hatred can be so easily led to do horrors.

Of course in the end fire leaves ash, but oh those clever and sly men don’t think of that, only of the power they have.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, nerd and geek culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at