There's few things I enjoy as much as when a group of humans gather around a fire.
We are entranced by it, to a point that I believe we are hard wired to be captivated by how it dances in our eyes.
So much of human evolution has occurred alongside fire. Our diet changed as we were able to cook and eat things previously indigestible, this changed the quality and availability of foods for us, improving our ability to thrive and spread across the lands. All thanks to fire. We co-evolved with it. It shaped our future and defines what our species was able to achieve in the past.
Cultures from around the world have their own traditions associated with gathering around fires, each so unique but also so similar.
And that brings us to today, where, when given the opportunity, every human I've ever met vastly prefers to stare deep into a roaring fire than into a television. We get lost in fire. And being so lost tends to give us something back. I truly believe we are supposed to have fire in our lives, so I often wonder why we so often choose to waste our evenings in front of screens, when the nourishment and instant sense of community which we can share by gathering around a fire is always there, always available - this choice has always baffled me.
So maybe the next evening that you have a few hours free, you'll consider calling a handful of special people and inviting them to share a fire with you. I guarantee that you will all enjoy it.