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Upon playing a game of “would you rather” with myself…

November 26, 2020

I find myself pondering which is more terrifying: to jump from a speeding vehicle, or to spend one’s life sitting in the back seat of a parked car?

I reckon there’s a chance that one will kill a person quickly, and the other slowly. Both will get you dead, just at different speeds.

I also reckon there’s a strong chance both scenarios are set-ups to being both not quite alive and not quite dead. The injury comes in different forms, of course. We can be injured by risk, or we can be injured by safety. Once again, different speeds.

I’ve never been much of a jumper, nor am I particularly prone to impulsive behavior, although I’m not completely immune to it. Risk for the sake of risk doesn’t much appeal to me. Like, I don’t care how tasty those Japanese fugu pufferfish are, I don’t care to eat one. You get the wrong part, you die. No treatment available. Not my idea of a delicacy. You’re talking to someone who doesn’t even risk caffeine after mid-afternoon, because it will steal my sleep. Not enough payback on those risks to make them worth my time and energy.

That said, the idea of spending my life sitting in the back seat of a parked car is pretty terrible. And you know what’s even more terrible? The idea of sitting in the back seat of someone else’s parked car. Sitting there with the seatbelt securely fastened, never even thinking to check to see if the doors are actually locked. Never even considering that jumping from the back seat of a parked car isn’t nearly the risk it purports itself to be.

Life is too short to live like that. Or too long. I’m not sure which.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2020 10:46 am

    Pondering this, it’s worth some ponder time I think.

    • November 26, 2020 11:15 am

      I think you’re right. Maybe I think that because I’m already down that rabbit hole! But this seems like a rabbit hole one that merits some intentionality.

  2. January 24, 2021 2:44 am

    There’s a lot to this post to think about. What comes to my mind immediately is the pandemic and the glut of information (good or bad information) that makes me wonder who is pulling the puppet strings, and who are the puppets and who is the audience.

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