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Finding The Walls Of The Ravine

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Imagine that you live in the bottom of a deep ravine. There is no pathway you can use to walk out. There is no rope you can use to climb up. There is no escaping the ravine so you learn to live off of what you have at the bottom with you and you maintain yourself. You aren’t happy, but you haven’t reached a point where you feel like giving up in the most permanent way. So, you live on, and one day you wake up and wings have sprouted from your back overnight. At first you’re shocked and scared but then you realize that this could finally be your chance to escape. The euphoria you felt in that moment would seem endless.
You run outside to test these wings and realize that they are very weak. They barely lift you off of the ground. Before
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