Earlier this week, we posted an article by the New York Times titled “Is Living the Dream Worth The Risk?” The article was spurred by the 2012 avalanche death of Alaska helicopter ski guide Rob Liberman in Haines, AK while on the job. The article highlights the risk some people take and the hardships felt by their families when the risks prove too much.
Steve Casimiro has written an article for Adventure Journal in direct response to the New York Times article. Steve defends the side of the adventurer, explorer, and risk taker:
“The New York Times has just published a story entitled “Extreme Grief,” which purports to examine the hazards of adventurous sports like skiing, snowboarding, and backcountry skiing in particular. In fact, it is reporting at its worst, a random collection of anecdotes in support of a spurious assumption, with seemingly no real understanding of the true issues at hand.” – Steve Casimiro/Adventure Journal
“That’s the risk, and dammit, it’s worth it. A life filled with adventure tastes sweeter than one viewed from the couch. And as science tells us, sitting on the couch isn’t exactly the safest place to be, either.” – Steve Casimiro/Adventure Journal
The big questions are still out there and they aren’t going away: “Is it worth the risk?” “Should we be thinking about our families or our own hopes and dreams?” “Are we selfish to ‘Live the Dream?’”
For those of us who are trying to live the dream, we know the risks, we know the potential hurt our injuries and deaths would cause our families. The reason we keep pushing it is because we truly don’t think it could happen to us. So maybe there’s an even bigger question in all this: “Could I Die Doing This?” And if the answer is clearly “Yes”, what should we do?
Read the entire article by Steve Casimiro here: “In Defense of Taking Risks”
Read the entire New York Times article here: “Is Living the Dream Worth the Risk?”