In an Era of Fear

In an era of fear, so many of us neglect experience for the sake of our own health and safety in the face of potential risk. The time of coming home when the street lights come on is long behind us. In its place, a culture of concern and hypervigilance has taken over. A traditional ethics question asks if fire trucks should be allowed to speed to an accident when statistically this act of speeding kills multiple people per year but allows the saving of many others. The same could be asked about our own lives. Should we allow ourselves to live completely untethered and free lives for the sake of experience? Or should we act in caution to preserve our own health and safety? Naturally a balance between the two must be found by each of us.

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