Some people like to live their lives quietly. Peacefully going about their day, minding their own business, getting their tasks done without the need for applause or any hint of grandeur. Other people like to live on the other end of the spectrum. These people who actively seek thrills, adventure, and often, danger. And while their reasons for doing so differ, one thing is certain. They risk their lives for a brief moment in the limelight, and we need people like them in society.
Because, Honestly, They’re Entertaining To Watch
Whether it’s a circus performer, a festival act, or that social media personality that you follow, people who attempt something risky are bound to get attention because of the element of danger involved. But have you ever thought about why we are drawn to these people?
Well, some of us want to see them succeed, and some of us want to see them fail. But we are drawn to them just the same because of two things — responsible bravery and skill.
Bravery without skill is recklessness; skill without bravery is uselessness. They don’t just do dangerous things, these daredevils train and hone their skills in order to minimize the risks that they are taking to ensure that they are risking their own lives and not the lives of others. Those who risk the lives of others aren’t only reckless, but they could also be legally liable. A good example of this is when you try to drive a car over train tracks in order to beat the train. You don’t only pose a danger to yourself, but also to train passengers, according to this Amtrak accident lawyer.
From time to time, we all need a break from the mundane repetitiveness of a normal life. Some people handle redundancy well, while most don’t. We are taught from a very young age to conform to societal norms, and there’s nothing wrong with that until that conformity begins to erode your identity. But, once in a while, somebody dares to swim against the current, to challenge established rules. And this is good.
Because it presents an opportunity to change or to further improve an established fact. We learn from the experience either way. And while you could say that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, times do change and you never know when someone might come up with a better iteration.
This Culture Of Risk Even Applies To How We Raise Our Kids
No, I’m not telling you to expose your children to danger or excessive fear like these idiots did. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t stifle a child’s inquisitive and explorative nature in the same way that we shouldn’t discourage children from skateboarding. The risk they take doing both is arguably the same.
When our children learn how risk works, and that they should be able to determine which risks are acceptable and which ones aren’t, they’re likely to grow up to be brave adults who have strong beliefs and aren’t afraid to take a little risk for those beliefs.
I’m saying this because of the state of things today. How it’s so easy to offend people and how those offenders are being ostracized because their beliefs are different from others. The very nature of free expression is being assailed by people who pretend to be victims when the truth is that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. We need people who would speak their mind, and more importantly, people who speak the truth, even if it means that it could be a risky move.
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