by Timothy Lusch
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), was a prolific British author largely known for his famed Discworld series of forty-one fantasy novels. Combining quirky characters and wicked wit, Pratchett created a universe of the scientific, the strange and the silly. But always lurking below the surface are zany observations and truths that give his books staying power. In this novel, the twenty-first of the series, Pratchett explores numerous themes, both scientific and social. And as always, he does it with humor.
The quote below is a funny riff on the old “feed a man a fish” bit. But think about it. Many times in our lives, we are warmed by a person, place, or experience. For those who are awake to life, not deadened by routine and technology, who are on fire with wonder, the fire is always burning. And near the end, as our flame diminishes, we still burn hot. In that, we continue to be a source of light and heat for all, even after our death. I must advise, as to Pratchett’s quote, do not try it at home.
“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”