We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
My good friend RD Larson recently posted this very short story (or maybe vignette) of mine on her website: The Saddest Song in the World. It's true, all of it. While you're there, check out the other things on RD's site, including her own stories, which usually have a wry surprise.