Thinking yesterday about the twisted mind who could light another fire yesterday, after all the devastation we've seen in the last three weeks, I started thinking about the failure of imagination, specifically of being able to put yourself into someone else's position and understand that other people are real, and not just bit players in your own drama.
So when I saw this study this morning, it seemed especially relevant!
(And these particular fires, by the way, were put out - the winds were not as strong as predicted, and the CFA were ready. I'm especially grateful, not just for my own home and those of my neighbours, but because Tom ended up in the middle of the small second blaze, on foot with a hose, in inaccessible terrain... things could have been a lot worse.)
Here's the article:
Essay - Read a Book, Get Out of Jail - NYTimes.com