How To Start a Fire in 2011

I took a little time today to update some of the marcomm messages on my email update-lists.  While reviewing them, I came across a little email snippet in which I included a parable on the P.S. line.  At the time, I thought it was a good metaphor about sharing knowledge and compassion with others.  It still resonates with me today, as strongly as the day I decided to include it in the email in which it currently waits until the next time someone requests it.

There's an old parable that starts out with a tale about a dark room full of people holding unlit candles.

One day, someone enters the room with a single lit candle.  His first inclination after seeing all the other light-starved eyes looking hungrily his way, was to hoard the light for himself; to keep it away from others in fear of losing the only light that kept the darkness at bay.

But a wise man told him that, actually, the way out of the darkness wasn't to keep the flame to himself, but rather to share it with those in the room so everyone--together--can have a little light to brighten the room for all.

What do you think?  Shall we start a fire in 2011?

(Photo courtesy: TwoWings WikiCommons)

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