The Cliffs of Despair

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The Cliffs of Despair
By Mark Edgemon

John woke up from a dream…a dream he'd had hundreds of times.

He dreamed he was standing a hundred feet from a cliff that seemed like to him to be the end of the world. Masses of people numbered in the millions were walking zombie like toward the cliff and walking off of it without turning aside or even being mindful that they were marching to their own death.

As he watched them pour off the cliff like water, he saw his best friend walking past him toward the cliff in the same zombie like, mindless state as the multitude of others, who were also heading to their death. John began to reason with his friend while he kept walking, who continued not to pay him any attention. He urged his friend with all of his might but to no avail.

Now twenty feet from the cliff, John tackled his friend and held him down on the ground to keep him from taking his final steps. Hours passed as he continued to pin his friend to the ground, who was giving him no resistance.

A few hours later, John was lying on the ground, waking up from sleep, due to exhaustion from holding his friend down. He was still within his dream. John asked a passer by if he had seen his friend and the man replied, “Yes I saw him. He walked off the cliff hours ago”.

Many people like John’s self-willed friend, are destined for destruction and no one has the strength to change their minds or prevent their self-determined outcome. No one except the person themselves.

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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