Because you might die
And if not, you might experience permanent lung damage
And if not, you might be in a lot of pain for a long time
And if not, you might take up scarce medical resources
And if not, you might infect the people closest to you
You might be responsible for the death of someone you know
        Or for their permanent lung damage
        Or for their pain
        Or for the medical resources they take up
        Or for the people they infect
                Or for their permanent lung damage
                Or for their pain
                Or for the medical resources they take up
                Or for the people they infect
                        Or for their permanent lung damage
                        Or for their pain
                        Or for the medical resources they take up
                        Or for the people they infect

And if not, then what
If you get lucky
If you don’t get sick
If you don’t get anyone else sick either
You will still have an impact
You will still shape the discourse
You will affect what is normal in the minds of others
        And in the minds of others
                And in the minds of others
                        And in the minds of others

This is the game
You are not allowed the privilege of irrelevance
You will have an impact
You are not a fly on the wall
You are not a ghost, yet

How long do you want to live for?
When’s the last time you thought about it?
Have you ever been in love?
Do you want to have children?
How will you say goodbye to your parents?
How will you say goodbye to your self?
You should be scared
If you were perfectly rational, you would cry all day, awestruck by the miracle of your own existence
You cannot live in the river of tears
But you cannot hide from it either

Your beliefs have informed your actions
Your actions have solidified your beliefs
But ask yourself again
How much of your life does it cost to stay inside today?
Do you believe what you are doing is right?

I do not know
I am going into the city to take a math test
It costs $390
I haven’t paid yet
It costs far more than $390
Maybe more than I can afford
I do not know