Life Out Here: Lighting the flame

Bret Kofford

So you go up to the craziest young man in the neighborhood and hand him a full gasoline can, some rags and a lighter. Then you point at a house in the neighborhood and say, “All the problems in this neighborhood stem from that house.” Then you walk away.

Shortly thereafter, the craziest young man in the neighborhood sets that house ablaze and people die. Then, when the craziest young man in the neighborhood is arrested and tells authorities that you influenced him to set the house on fire and even provided the fuel for the inferno that killed the people inside, you say, “But I never told him to start a fire.”

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