Although the nuances of this tale may seem too specific, or metaphorical to be useful in our modern times, it seems that the opposite is true. During the early to mid-2000's, a polarizing climate regarding political affiliation began to develop in the United States, before eventually culminating into the form of many dangerous activist groups 2015. By 2017, riots on college campuses, and assaults on anyone deemed controversial had become commonplace in the United States ("Fighting Words"). Although dozens of deaths have yet to occur from this tension, given its ongoing escalation, these occurrences seem inevitable. At the heart of these movements is a misuse of logic, and a misinterpretation of the correct ways to act, that can only be described as pathological. Like Montresor, these activist use their perspectives on words to justify violence. Like the murdering of Fortunato, their actions are only made possible by the incoherence of their communities. This incoherence, likely caused by the fact that when communities increase in size, the responsibility that individuals feel for their actions diminishes, so the clusters of superstitions regarding actions — typically called religions — get pushed to the wayside, and the mentality of the group — in this case, political party, or activist movement — becomes the new church. But like churches, when the ideologies underlying them surpasses the power of the individuals governing them, the leaders of the group become nominal. So like Montresor after the murdering of Fortunato, those that will soon commit the murders motivated by the pathological ethoses of today, will likely live on happily, and unpunished, presumably for a very long time. Dark as it may seem, it seems that the only tenable path away from this anarchy may lie within the stories that, when reasoned through properly, seem all-too-real to be justly called fiction.