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When I was in Samoa I visited the home of the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson who was buried on a mountain overlooking the capital of Apia. One night in Scotland where he grew up, just before young Robert got into bed he was peering out through the window of his upstairs bedroom. He was watching a man out in the street who was lighting the gas street lamps for the evening. As he peered intently out through his window his mother asked him “Robert, what are you doing?” He said to his mother “I’m watching the man outside poking holes in the darkness!”

To the Young Louis Stevenson it seemed to him that the man lighting the gas lamps in the darkened streets was poking holes in the darkness.

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