Assuming continuity is seductive but ultimately, silly. History smashes the error of predictability every time. But, being aggressively scared yet prepared with shotguns, bunkers, & baked beans, is no good for your general enjoyment of life. Being prepared CAN make you less dependent - but also less of a burden when disaster happens.
We've been able to dramatically push our physical bounds because antibiotics and emergency medicine allow us to take more extreme risks in reducing the chance of death, or worse. Mobile data for comms and realtime mapping, mean we can venture where others haven't been. Even if many are daft or even deadly - GoPro and Youtube reward brave experiments.
REGRET IS A DISASTER: Greatness is lost to all of us when brilliant people have not been able to daringly flex their capacity. Worse yet, regretting the risks not taken, clinging to a suffocating normality ... until it's too late. Still wrapped in original packaging, die with it so.
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