People love the Validator.
They swear by it and whenever it’s broken they complain, loudly and widely.
The problem with the Validator is that it does not discriminate.
It’s just a post, really, with big letters that spell VALIDATOR and a stamping bit on top for validations.
And it’ll validate anything.
Your deepest fears or your unfounded biases or your parking.
It doesn’t care, or rather, it gives the appearance of not caring.
It does break a lot.
Some people whisper that the Validator breaks itself on purpose.
Ashamed of its own apathy.
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.