E三级成人视频aster weekend ought to be marked by joy. Instead, the hospitals are working overtime and families are divided. For the first time in several centuries, the churches are shut completely. In her audio address last night, however, the Queen brought a message of courage, in which she reflected upon the Christian symbolism of fire and the lighting of candles at the Easter vigil.
According to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit appeared as “tongues of fire” upon the disciples and empowered them to spread the message of the gospels. God spoke to Moses in the Old Testament as a burning bush; a pillar of flame lit the route of the Israelites through the night. Many religions venerate fire: the Yazidi people have been known to pass their hands through it and then rub their faces, as if it were sacred water.
三级成人视频Fire might be interpreted as a manifestation of spirit but, as the historian Neil MacGregor noted in his superb book Living With the Gods, “It is also profoundly human. Indeed it has often been argued that it is fire that made human society possible.” It offered protection from the wild beasts, and it was around fire that communities gathered and ate, sharing stories that gave birth to culture.
Nowadays, we think of the “white heat of technology” – fire as industrialisation and science, helping us to conquer nature and, with a little help from Prometheus, put man on level pegging with the gods. Or so many of us thought.
Coronavirus has brought human society back down to Earth. It has shown us how vulnerable we truly are, not only to disease but also to the pains of isolation and economic turmoil. On the other hand, this is also an opportunity to conduct an inventory of our strengths. Britain in the past few weeks has shown a real unity of purpose and pulled off some organisational feats. Nurses and doctors, charity workers and volunteers have all slaved, sometimes at great personal risk, to help others. There have been bureaucratic failures, flouting of the rules and pettiness from officialdom, but one no one can deny the feeling that we are “all in it together” and that society is trying its best to do the right thing, even if mistakes are made. Soon – sooner rather than later – we must turn the same energy that has got us through this disaster towards building the recovery.
As the Queen said in her address, fire is a symbol of hope, of a light in the darkness. In the gospels, Jesus refers to himself and his disciples as a “light of the world”. Her Majesty’s faith, and her ability to articulate it simply and with obvious feeling, is a rare gift of enlightenment that many of us cherish.
Easter, as she says, is certainly not cancelled. It comes around again and again; just as, after this conflagration, the world will re-emerge and the British way of life, with its liberty and kindness, will endure. We wish our readers a very happy Easter.