The Voice of the Desert: A Naturalist's Interpretation

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the moth and the candle

THE MOTH WHO SINGES HIS WINGS HAS POINTED MANY A moral but he does not "desire" the flame, not even in the dim way that the first scorpion to leave the water may have "desired" to succeed in his dangerous adventure. The moth accomplishes no purpose of his own and none appropriate to nature at large. He is merely the victim of a situation which can seldom have arisen before man put in his appearance long after moths and many other insects had developed a tropism which was usually harmless during millions of years.

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