Anthropophobia: or, the Danger of Others
Let’s face it: our primary threat is the Other.
Those alive and breathing, in need.
Replete with sense and emotions, desires.
Thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
Instinct and culture,
Learning and language,
physiques requiring space,
ears, eyes, limbs and digits,
the nerve!(s) and bellies and hearts.
Brains complete with mind and will,
Choice and intent,
the capability to discern.
Stealing glances –
the lechery of looking –
what they plunder to hear.
This multitude of selves and their interests,
their tumultuous clamor to survive
and their ubiquity:
disruption of personhoods and presence
leaving The Exit as the only escape.
Most dangerous, Other:
the contact, connection,
and ability to attach.
Insidious deception –
a paradox of similarity,
of kind –
some others so like
as to be indistinguishable,
from our selves.