"A self-sacrificing way,
but also a warrior's way, and not
for brittle people, easily broken, glass bottle people.
The soul's tested here by sheer terror,
as a sieve sifts and separates
genuine from fake.
And this road is full of footprints!
Companions have come before.
They are your ladder
Without them you won't have the spirit-quickness
you need. Even a dumb donkey
crossing a desert
with others of its kind.
Stay with the caravan. By yourself,
you'll get a hundred times more tired,
and fall behind."