Fear of Jumping

What if
the fear we feel
at the end of a cliff
is less the fear
of falling
and more
that we will choose
to jump?

That the fear
comes less
from the actual danger
and more
from the lack of faith
in ourselves
to make the right
decision?

That we’ll be left
with nobody to blame
but ourselves?

On Sacrifice

When we
hyper-empathize,
the distinctions and boundaries
between “self”
and “other”
vanish.

So when we feel
the “other”—
be it a person,
a thing,
or an idea—
is in danger,
it feels as if we
are in danger.

This makes it natural
for us to throw ourselves
onto incoming traffic
to save the lives
of such
an other.

To us,
this does not feel
like a sacrifice.

It merely feels
as if it’s a universal
human
reflex.

So much so
that sometimes
we think the other
would have done the same
for us.

Whether or not
that is true
is beside
the point.