We are all creatures of habit. Our lives fall into patterns that are repeated over and over again.
We relate to people and deal with situations in the same way. We identify with certain groups of people and certain ways of thinking.
What would happen if we let our guard down and deal with one another with deep love and compassion? How would people respond if we treated them with love? Are we concerned that they might take advantage of us?
For the scribe to surrender his life to the law of love would surely be a new experience. So, he stands there on the edge and is afraid to take the leap.