September 11, 2012
Philippe Petit: Sane Wire Walker
What do you think when you imagine a man walking on a wire higher than 10 stories high? A French wire walker named Philippe Petit walked over many structures from Notre Dame to Sydney, Australia, to New York. Through the things he has done, people may think he is crazy. However, Petit and I think that there is nothing crazy about what he has done.
I believe the people/society thinks he is crazy. They see this man up hundreds of feet walking across a wire over famous architectures. Notre Dame, he walked over the cathedral between the two bell towers. Sydney, Australia, he walked the wire across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and slowed traffic as people watched the magnificent show that Petit has put on. Later, Petit was driven to a local mental hospital for the actions he has performed. Although he went to be evaluated for possibly being crazy, they just realized that he wasn’t crazy at all, but just thirsty. Once more he walked between the Twin Towers approximately 1,368 feet in the air.
Petite however, doesn’t think he is crazy; he is just doing something he loves. It was a life challenge to walk the towers before they were erected. He saw they were being built in America while in a dentist office with a hurt tooth in France. So what does he do, he gets well prepared and trains for the next several years. Petit has said “Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see everyday, every year, every idea as a true challenge- and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.” Petit lived young, wild, and free, he enjoyed what he has done and knew the possible consequences if he were to possibly mess up. For then he quotes “If I die, what a beautiful death.” Because he has already accomplished so much doing what means the most to him.
As for me, I believe Petite was a...
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