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  • the world would blow up
  • Somebody would light it again, and everybody would pretend it hadn't happened. Actually, I think they have a backup flame on each stage: when the runner sets out, a flam is left burning where they started from. If they drop it, someone else can start out with a new "copy" of the flame from th last stop. But if they blew it and both copies went out, someone would quietly light it. Which is fine, because the flame is symbolic rather than actual. It is the fact that people have worked to carry the flame all that way that matters, not that spark. It is when people stop trying to carry the flame that the flame has gone out, not when some unforeseen accident extinguishes one copy of it.

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