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By JGillman, Section News
When we are young we know we'll never die.
Maybe we never have to grow up?
All risks are worth it. We have nothing to lose, so risky behavior is more frequent than that of old people like most of the regulars here. Nothing puts a little perspective on the value of health, and a place on the right hand of God than the impending end of our physical presence on earth.
Typically, it starts when the grandparents are no longer there. Perch fishing with Grandpa no longer can drive home the fact that there is an end to the road in some way. After that, the passing of parents, siblings or close friends from school days long passed, and all the experiences and close calls in the meantime develop a healthy dose of respect for the place we will spend eternity. And how soon we get there will have a lot to do with the personal responsibility, acknowledged in, or outside of youthful discretion.
I jumped off rooftops to prove I was cool as a teen. My brothers (ahem) may have climbed to the top of a 50 thousand watt WKAR tower in Okemos in the 70s. And once by luck, my Mother [God bless her soul] found a young dumb 14 year old Jason choking to death in the manner of Led Zepplin Drummer John Bonham.
I have never drank a whole bottle of Bacardi with Coke in a single setting since.
There is no doubt that risky behavior is a bigger part of youth than those who have seen the results of such behavior first hand, or that have developed an appreciation by virtue of near misses on their own or by loved ones. Though I was lucky to have survived many stupid exploits, many pay dearly for such antics as trying to fly like a lost boy under tinkerbell's guidance.
And the liberal world view as equally immature, compels such activity as well.
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