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Fear of Falling


Interesting how hard it is to take seriously a fear-of-falling when sitting on the ground. Especially when you’ve seen it all before. So someone throws a few punches and one or two of them land: its pretty easy to have compassion for the absurbity of the predicament. Marcus Aurelius scripts a fitting expression in his book titled “Meditations”,

“As the performances in the circus or in other places of entertainment tire one with their perpetual repetition of the same sights, the monotony of which makes the spectacle a weariness, so it is with the whole experience of life: on our upward and downward path all things prove to be ever the same – causes and effects alike. How long then . . .?”

How long . . . how long indeed . . .