The fool who took the leap

Once, the fool heard a whisper in his ear: Take the leap! At first it was soft, almost indiscernible from many faint noises in the mind, and he paid it no attention. But because he secretly knew where it came from, the whispers were never extinguished. Instead, they continued to breathe silently, and day after day, acquired greater clarity and distinction. Now, as he stands before the roaring ocean, wishing to cross it the obviously impassable, he hearkens to the insistent whisper. He closes his eyes and takes the leap. A second later, he smashes into the crest of a wave, and another rises and falls onto him. At that precise moment, he thinks to himself: maybe I should have waited for the weather to calm and then sail patiently across the waters; my hastiness has killed me.

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