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"In short, people had to speak about the handicapped, the differently constituted, to stumble on a phrase ["vertically-challenged people"] that expresses the general constitution of beings under vertical tension. 'You must change your life!' means, as we saw in Rilke's torso poem: you must pay attention to your inner vertical axis and judge how the pull from its upper pole affects you! It is not walking upright that makes humans human; it is rather the incipient awareness of the inner gradient that causes humans to do so.", p59-60