To misquote Stalin: One million deaths is a statistic—and one million tragedies.
I left my laptop sitting in the library for a few minutes while I went to get a book and found this flyer next to it when I returned. While similar flyers posted around campus and table tents in our dining halls carry the same message, those are addressed to a plural, general, anonymous audience—this flyer was meant for me, and no one else.
The leaving of this flyer, like the hypothetical theft of my laptop, both have to happen when another person intrudes into my space, into my life. This is classic show-don’t-tell advertising: Instead of drumming advice into someone’s head, demonstrate to them what might happen if they disregard your advice.