FIRE AND ICE:
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I`ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
~~ Robert Frost ~~
Robert Frost`s poem is telling us that the world will end through fire and ice: he`s not necessarily talking geology and meteorology here but figuratively; human emotion and prejudice against those who don`t conform to personal, or social preconceptions as a whole, will eventually bring down humanity because there is either just enough of us who believe that it`s their way or the highway, or there is enough people who stand supinely by and allow themselves to be dictated to by the prejudicial convictions of others.
Fire is the symbol of desire and ice is the symbol of hate: fire can can burn and destroy, and so can the desire for wealth and power at any cost to others as long as the personal need for endless greed is fed and satisfied; the coldness of hatred can be equally destructive. In order to punish, hurt or destroy others, they are dehumanised for personal or social acceptance of acts of violence against them, whether it be verbal or physical. People full of hatred for others are crueler and colder towards their targets.
To Frost, the contradictory nature of humanity holds a bigger threat to the future of our world than any natural disaster beyond our control. We have come a long way since walking out through the gates of Eden: God offered humanity paradise in return for perpetual obedience to His will, but gave us free-will when seeing the futility of restraining our desires. The unsavoury nature of some of those desires have come back to haunt us on a massive scale, and may yet prove to be our total undoing.