Danger over safety
“Why Jump out of a perfectly good airplane,” is the typical response that is said whenever someone is talking about their skydiving adventures. Everyone experiences danger in their lives at one time or another. There are so many different reasons why people encounter danger and why some would choose it over safety. Junger points out in his essay "Colter's Way," individuals can experience adventure in forms of employment, survival, or recreation. First, skydiving seems like a risky thing to do on a vacation but what about the instructor that works there. Employed as a Skydiving Instructor is how they make a living and are able to provide for their family. This is a type of employment that these instructors wanted to do and “to one degree or another, they’d all volunteered for the job” (Junger, 3). An office job would seem boring to these adrenaline seekers. So, employment is one way people choose danger over safety. Second, many adventure seekers could not survive in the mundane typical nine to five world. Just like soldiers returning from “Vietnam would realize they could not go back to civilian life and would volunteer for one more stint in hell, “(Junger, 3). Adventure can become a normal way of life and a way for some to still feel alive. So, survival is another way people choose danger over safety. Third, mountain climbing, skydiving, and other adventurous recreational hobby’s is another way people chose safety over danger. If something fatal happens to individual when engaging in adventurous recreation society is not so forgiving to them. Junger explains, “Society would continue to function quite will if no one ever climbed another mountain,” (4). In conclusion, individuals that jump out of a perfectly good airplane are experiencing life to the fullest. Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies are going to choose a little danger over safety. Employment, survival, or...
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