Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
My pondering: Fire has its purpose when controlled. No doubt, conflict is bound to occur when you do almost anything which is bold, new or daring. But we are wise to understand the difference between fodder and principle; between fools and truth seekers.
Any fool can start a fire. A wise man understands when and where it’s purposeful and albeit sometimes inevitable yet he picks his battle fires precisely instead of carelessly, which Smokey would certainly approve.
So if we remove the brush and kindling around us that so easily ignites forest fires in our hearts and others, we all are better off.
Clear the brush!