Survival Instinct

One day a hiker was traveling along a mountain trail. He had planned to follow the trail for several miles before retracing his steps back to the point where he started. Several miles down the path the climb started to get steeper and more rugged. As he continued on, the path grew more narrow. The man trudged upward, being careful to watch his step as the slope became more difficult. He began to wonder if it was a good idea to continue because a person might get injured if they fell over the edge.

Just as he assessed his position, the man heard a faint cry for help. He could not tell exactly where the voice was coming from, but it seemed to be echoing up from somewhere below. Peering down, he could see nothing at first, so he called downward,