Illness – a fact of life, even more so in the increasingly toxic world we live in.
Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes take a huge global toll each year, and within that the suffering of the afflicted and the suffering along with that of family, friends, and loved ones is no less real.
No less real, and not something to celebrate – not something to pontificate over as a divine justice no more than it is to credit the murder of a mother, daughter, and grand daughter as being a comparable example of divine justice for the “sins” of the father or grandfather.
NO pipe can be pointed at anyone to invoke a curse, make a threat, wish bad upon another, or as an exclamation mark for harsh words and insults – such things are not the “protocols” related to being a custodian of any sacred object.
To do so is for lack of a better word heresy, heresy – for pipes are not anyone’s personal weapon, never have been and never will be as long as any vestige of heritage, tradition, culture, and what it means to be a human being as the nations have understood it to mean remains.