Thanks to the same friend who suggested the twelfth week’s theme of “tomorrow,” we got our theme for last week, “protection.”
With a recent trip to the hospital, I wanted to showcase how protection can mean one thing and its opposite simultaneously. What I mean by that is, say for example, you find shelter in your home when a tornado comes rolling around the neighborhood, or even the same with a thunderstorm. At the same time, however, that house not only protects you from the outside world, but it protects the outside world from you. Granted there isn’t much harm a person can inflict upon a tornado, but I live next to a penitentiary here in Rome, and that building, that same form of shelter for them keeps others, like me and you, protected from those hooligans. It’s a bit of a convoluted example, I know, but if you can understand that then you’ll understand my photograph.
Just like a physical building, your outer skin, your exoskeleton, protects you from certain bacteria in the air, on the ground, etc., but simultaneously, and out of absolutely nowhere, as soon as your body is infected with disease, nothing from the outside can change it. Unless there’s a way in.
Protection, to me, means both the definition of and its opposite.
A little deep for a Tuesday, but RWEmerson gets me:
"The best lightning rod for your own protection is your spine.”