A slightly longer version of his words read;
“…The flame that gives the greatest light also casts the longest shadow. Look about you. Look! Light and dark. There’s never one without the other…”
Idrik Sirk is giving us a warning. At first glance, it appears to point directly at the nature of good and evil in a dangerous world. But take another look, there’s also something else. The flame that gives the greatest light also casts the longest shadow:
He is describing the inevitable consequence.
How often we see this in so many walks of life… If there is always a winner, there are ever so many more losers. If there is only one “best”, what does that make of all the second bests, but shadows? If we call one man “king”, what are we calling all other men? If all eyes look only upon the beauty in the room, all else goes unseen. (And that is our loss.)
Can there possibly be so much in one simple sentence? Perhaps I should just leave you to think it over…
Suggested Readership: Older Children / Middle Grade