I know a man who stays up late with the light on his desk casting the only shadows in the house.
He sits at the keyboard in the lonely silence and stares at his monitor until the hands of the clock spin way too far. He copies links and snippets from articles he finds and forwards them on to friends or family, adding sometimes some commentary of his own.
And if they reply, his eyes light up, and he is certain to find another snippet to follow. By merely responding, they invite yet more of the same and run the risk of a spiraling vortex.
So if you know this man, and if he sends you snippets that arrive in your inbox in the wee hours of the night, you'd be advised to be silent. Your responding words will only encourage him.
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