En route between church and home, Team Testosterone and I always stray into the deepest part of the water with our conversations. Sometimes we discuss survival of the fittest.
"If a baby bird and a baby taratula got into a fight, who would die?" Answer: Probably the baby bird if it couldn't fly yet.
Sometimes we discuss metaphysical issues.
"How did God create plants on Day 3, but not sun, moon and stars until Day 4?" Answer: Ummm... not real sure on that one. A good question for Pastor Harris? "Who is stronger than Jesus?" Answer: GOD! (followed by a huge DUH!)
Sometimes we address deeper questions about archetypes.
"Who is the best superhero?"
Answer: Batman! Well, no, because he doesn't really have super powers. Superman would be the BEST superhero, but Batman is the coolest. Followed closely by Flash. But Superman is the Ultimate Strong superhero. (Follow that?)
In our wondering about the great questions in the Universe at large, we've accidentally stumbled upon one of the Big Ones.
"Which force of nature is the strongest? Fire, water, air or earth?"
You see, each force can be quelched by another--and can feed each other AND can overcome the other (kind of like Rock, Paper, Scissors). Fire can destroy anything--it can boil up water, suck up the air, scorch the earth. BUT! Sand can smother a fire, so can air and water. Air is strong--but the earth can stop the wind, water can remove the air, fire can suck the air up or heat it and cause it to move forcefully like in a backdraft. But wind can move water, extinguish fire, erode the earth.
Water is strong. Water can put out fire, drown the earth and erode it, water takes up more mass than air. But! A big fire can boil and evaporate water--turning it to steam, earth can dam back the force of water or suck it away like in an earthquake--and aren't tsunamis caused by earthquakes--the earth moving water? Wind can move the water any which way, like in a hurricane. What is stronger than the earth--rocks, mountains? Earth rises in the water, proving its strength, water moves around earth. Earth subdues water and protects from the wind. Yet the other three forces can destroy earth--wind erodes it like the Dust Bowl, fire remolds the landscape through volcanic eruptions and lava, and water floods it and carves out its path like rivers and ocean coastlines.
What's the strongest force in your opinion? Earth, Fire, Water, or Air?