Destruction

‘Museum of Natural History destroyed by raging fire.’

Destroyed.

When I read that headline, all I could focus on was that one word.

Destroyed.

Annihilated.

Obliterated.

These words sound so big and dangerous, you’d picture army tanks crushing buildings and warheads zooming past to decimate the ground they land on. But we forget that humans also possess the power to wreak such havoc.

The power to destroy someone’s trust. The power to obliterate someone’s confidence. The power to decimate someone’s happiness. We use our words and actions as weapons or mechanisms of self defence and cause damage unknowingly.

We are, in our own ways, weapons of mass destruction.