The human mind is full of repressed instinct. Fear, hunger, sleep, sexuality, all of it is repressed or restricted in some way. The fight or flight response triggered by fear is overcome every day, whenever we sense a threat. Each of them, among other primal thought, is similar in some ways and different in others. However, they all share one common trait.
They have a rational reason.
When you consider it, fear is simply self preservation; sleep and hunger are required by the body; sexuality is obviously for reproduction.
There is, as with nearly any rule, an exception.
There is a bizarre, very faint instinct that is shared by all of humanity. If you have not felt it yet, you will. If you have, you will be able to identify it immediately.
You are standing at the railing of a large boat, and think “what if I just lean over?”
Holding a sharp kitchen knife, and there is a strange impulse to run a finger along it.
Standing at the edeg of a high place; “jump”
It is not, in a mentally stable person, enought to cause the person to actually harm themself; nevertheless, it is there.
What is the purpose of this instinct?
Why is it that our mind pushes us to damage our body? Why does it push us, as it pushes for us to eat, or sleep?
What if our mind wants to be separate from our body?
Of course, like most instincts, it is easy to repress.
But no one can stop instinct.
One day, you won’t be able to repress it.
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