Originally Posted by Dean Roddey
He wasn't a fool.
He was just a dumb kid with silly romantic notions in his head.
Unfortunately, that silliness killed him.
I get that some people feel they need to "find themselves."
That's fine, if that is how they truly feel.
However, doesn't common sense allow for it to be done in a safe and responsible way without endangering themselves and others?
He was a young man trying to discover himself, who ended up paying the ultimate price for it.
IMO, daring nature to kill you isn't discovering one's self, it's hubris.
Even people with far more experience sometimes pay that price for attempting something beyond the ordinary.
Those are the "fools" I was talking about...people who should
Every year Oregon taxpayers have to pay for rescues of people who try to climb massive mountains and get themselves over their heads.
Climbing a mountain isn't finding yourself
, it's climbing a very big and dangerous rock.
We also have those who decide to take shortcuts or go camping via some old logging roads (which are everywhere) and end up running out of gas or getting stuck in snow or mud.
Panicking, they decide to walk for help and die from exposure or starvation.
It happens way too often here.
What is the real value when families lose their fathers, mothers, sons, etc. and are left to grieve?
Or suffer financial hardship from the loss of a wage earner?
Ultimately, the point of life isn't necessarily living the longest. There's nothing wrong with longevity, to paraphrase Dr. King, but it's not the only valid goal for a human life.
Couldn't agree more.