Celebrating the Unpopular Arts

fires valley

Once upon a time, there was a huge fire. It spread over a large part of the country, and many people fled in terror. Many were made homeless; many were killed. The military sent in a helicopter to help fight the fire. Somebody – who was it? The pilot? Some bureaucrat sitting behind a cosy desk? Decided that the helicopter needed to shed light on the problem; so the helicopter carried with it a landing light, designed to make its goal more visible. The light brought its own heat with it, though. Enough that it started a new fire, near the little fires. And the new fire grew bigger than all the others, and it threatened more people.

It was started by well-meaning people who only wanted to shed light on an existing problem.

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