It seems to me that the perception of everyone is that the one holding the flame will be tilting it toward the others, therefore they perceive the life of that candle will be greatly shortened as the result of the tilting process.
Consider this, however~ that one unlit candle goes toward the lit flame, tilts its wick to the light, both candles simultaneously flare, so both candles simultaneously burn more brightly for that one instant of perfect union. The first candle no longer needs to light the next, for the one that just lit itself can now enlighten the next, and so on and so on.
So if each candle is lighting one other, they are all burning equal lengths, so the first candle’s life will be no shorter than the second’s, which will be no shorter than the third’s, etc.
When you have a light that shines and even one other is enlightened by that first light, then I daresay “thousands” is grossly underrated and you can at least put “hundreds of” in front of that.
Go toward the light🌋🌠