Our recent podcast on Martin Strel swimming the Amazon has stirred up some thinking in the minds of our listeners. Particularly interesting to people were the reasons that people do risky things and whether or not doing something risky makes someone a "hero."
Check out what Peoples wrote about Martin Strel in a really interesting comment:
I had a pretty interesting conversaton about this podcast with Persons. It went something ike this:
Persons: It’s stupid! I admire people who take risks for good reasons, but this guy isn’t gaining anything!
Peoples: Are you sure he’s not gaining anything? I mean, he’s definitly getting attention, which everyone thinks is a bad thing, but is it so bad to want to be known. If you really want him not to get attention, you better exit out of this blog now.
Plus, he loves to swim. He likes to face dangers and take risks. If you want to critisize him for this, okay, but never do anything that you like again if it involves some risk.
Persons: First of all, it’s not some little risk… IT’S HIS LIFE!!!
And if he’s going to risk his life, shouldn’t he do something that helps the whole world, not just himself?
Here comes the confusing part…
Peoples: The whole world is just a bunch of individual people. If every single person did something that made them happy, that would be like helping the world…wouldn’t it?
If everyone helps themself, no one needs to help them.
Persons: But some people wo are poor can’t help themselves.
Peoples: But this guy can…so shouldn’t he. This doesn’t mean he’s never helping anyone else, just that he’s helping himself.
So do I think he’s crazy. Yes, but that’s not always a bad thing. The world needs some crazy people. Swimming the Amazon doesn’t make his guy a hero, but it means he could be. I think all heros are crazy because of all the dangers they put themself into… and I mean crazy in a good way."
So what do you think about Martin Strel, risk takers and heroes? Do you agree with Peoples that, "The whole world is just a bunch of individual people. If every single person did something that made them happy, that would be like helping the world…wouldn’t it?"
Or do you agree with Persons that, "If he’s going to risk his life, shouldn’t he do something that helps the whole world, not just himself?"
Leave us a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb.
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