Woven into the DNA of every living creature, from the tiniest jellyfish to the largest sequoia, is the impulse to live. No creature desires to extinguish itself. Every organism is equipped with the ability to propagate itself in order to ensure the preservation of its genes. Death is to be avoided, and all the things that extend life are held at a premium. Every species must reproduce and then protect its offspring to ensure survival. The basic instinctual knowledge shared by all of creation is that life is preserved most effectively by avoiding danger. Because it is so essential to the perpetuation of life, self-preservation is the most basic and deeply rooted inhibitor of risk.

Were it not for the vital safety mechanism of self-preservation, ...

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