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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.

Most people, thankfully, don’t jump. They stand, face to face with the precipice and inch forward bit by bit as far as they dare. They stretch out their arms, they lean forward, they let the great depth overwhelm them. Then they climb back down the mountain, return to life, and wait until the next time when they can stand, wind in their faces, toes on the edge and wonder “What if?”

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“By the time it had happened
I’d lived it a thousand times
Behind closed eyes
Its keen edge blunted
But the ache still resides”
Black Tongue, L’appel Du Vide (The Call Of The Void)

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