In California, in Canada, in Australia, fires incinerate great swaths of forest, destroy homes and farms, burn animals alive and kill brave firefighters who risk their lives going into the flames.
Many of those fires are set deliberately.
What kind of lunatic sets a forest fire deliberately?
What kind of sick, twisted mind gets pleasure from destroying life and beauty?
How many of the arsonists are actually caught?
What penalty could be great enough for such a hideous crime?
In the past, a trek into the forest was a spiritual, joyous experience. Like me, you might worry about snakes and crawly things, fear mosquitos - maybe a bear ! But, for the ecstasy of smelling the pines, listening to the birds and the bubbling streams, seeing a baby deer, wild flowers, and gazing in amazement at the night sky full of billions of bright stars and galaxies - for such delights and inspiration, many ventured forth.
Today, a visit to a forest is taking your life in your hands. Not because of the bugs, the bats or the bears, but because some lunatic might set flame to the trees and trap you in the holocaust.