Here is the original parable as devised by Denis Diderot:
“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: "My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly." This stranger is a theologian.” Addition to Philosophical Thoughts (c. 1762) Denis Diderot 1713-1784
A traveller lost in a dark wood has only a candle for illumination. He meets a theologian who says "Blow out your candle and let me guide you". I think this little parable was from Denis Diderot'.
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