A director of the ACLU was in an exclusive hospital for a complicated operation. To assist in his recovery, he made arrangements for a large private room and paid extra for a window looking out on a virgin forest.
The surgery took place early in the morning and several hours later the director awoke in his hospital bed. Standing over him were the doctor, a nurse and a priest. The blinds and curtains were closed hiding the beautiful pastoral view.
"What the hell are you doing here," he said to the priest, "and why are the curtains closed? I'm paying a bundle for that view."
The priest replied, "I am the hospital chaplain. While you were under the knife, a huge forest fire broke out. All you could see from this window were giant flames and clouds of smoke. We were afraid if you awoke to that, you'd think you had died.