The Destroyer comes unbidden but not without warning to wake us up from our sleepy complacency. The majority of Americans are disconnected, almost anesthetized from our politics preferring to complain rather than actively engage. This leaves a power vacuum into which the Destroyer seeps and grows over time. The Destroyer is the wake-up call for an initiation into a new ethos. The new ethos can be under the Destroyer’s control or we can choose a different path of transformation. The Destroyer also brings us closer in touch with our own mortality, providing us with the opportunity through awareness to recognize the preciousness of life and to act on what we desire for ourselves in the remaining time left and what we aspire to leave behind as our legacy.
The Destroyer serves a useful purpose in that it stirs things up creating a temporary chaos, cleansing the old order away so the new can grow in its place. This is the way of life from the beginning of time; the old dies off and makes way for the new. However, to evolve and grow without complete self-destruction, we must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water so we have a solid foundation upon which to recreate our lives and our society. Our children build upon the lessons past generations have learned. They also move forward based on past achievements as well. No generation wants to start from scratch. Human growth and development relies on the removal of the dross but also on retaining the gold.