Risks worth taking

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Try this little test. I am going to give you a word and want to you answer spontaneously whether your reaction is negative or positive. The word is “risk”. I have been playing this game with friends for the last few weeks, and totalling the responses produces a roughly even positive/negative division. It probably proves something about the individuals I’ve asked – including you dear reader – but what I’m interested in at this point is what it proves about risks. Whether you said “negative” or “positive”, you have to acknowledge that risk is a very two-sided concept. Sudden climate change, nuclear proliferation and increased traffic pollution present risks which our society faces but would definitely prefer to avoid. At a more personal level, the risks of your losing your job, experiencing a death in the family or breaking a limb are clearly unattractive. On the other hand we all take risks every day, doing things like crossing busy roads or entrusting our money to possibly fallible banks without giving much t

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