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Therapist: Your fears are completely unfounded, my dear Mrs Fear,
you really don‘t need to fear for yourself at all! Your future looks more promising than ever. Quite the contrary, really! After all,
people come up with new ways to support your existence, to ensure your survival, all the time. One word – chemtrails.
Fear: Yes, but no one actually wants to have me.
Therapist: Don‘t say that, that‘s not true. I for one am someone who believes in tackling every problem at its roots. And this is why I consider you, my dear Mrs Fear, a vital part of evolution. Even the freeze response you trigger must have meant an advantage for survival at some point, otherwise it wouldn‘t exist.
Fear: Wouldn‘t, couldn‘t, shouldn‘t…
Therapist: My point is, it exists for a reason. Just imagine: short-sighted Tyrannosaurus attacks our mammal-like ancestor. The latter freezes in fear, which leads the Tyrannosaurus to mistake it for a piece of wood and leave empty-handed. Millions of years later, the Tyrannosaurus even goes extinct because meteorites keep falling on its head, while our mammallike ancestors survive because they‘re so afraid they hide in holes in the ground. So as you can see, my dear, you are really important. Existential. Just out of curiosity, is there anything you yourself are absolutely afraid of?
Fear: I‘m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Therapist: Well, there you go!
Biographical to Jakob Perschy [AT]»
Jakob Michael Perschy was born in 1960 and raised in Neusiedl am See. He has read books, lent them to others, sold, critiqued, reviewed, edited and published them and has, finally, also written some himself. He is the manager of the state library Burgenländische Landesbibliothek in Eisenstadt.