Our topic is “safety” and is prompted by this quote from Hugh Walpole:
“Don’t play for safety. It is the most dangerous thing in the world.”
1. Why is Safety appealing? In what ways is Safety dangerous for you?
2. Are you more safety-prone or risk-prone? Has this changed as you have aged?
3. In what types of situations is it is easy for you to opt for risk rather than safety?
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Man must exist in a state of balance between risk and safety. Pure risk leads to self-destruction. Pure safety leads to stagnation. In between lies survival and progress.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso
“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” — General George Patton
“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” — Samuel Johnson