Every year a handful of runners die while competing in a marathon. More people die attempting to climb Everest [than die participating in the Isle of Man TT]. As a species, we can’t seem to prevent ourselves from these kind of pursuits that put ourselves in grave, even mortal, danger. Many of us have this compulsion to see what our bodies, minds, and hearts are capable of.
No one would consider it safe or smart to drive a car approaching the limit on a back road lined with trees, or at or even exceeding the limit on a race track, but here we are.
I’m not saying it’s the correct thing to let [the Isle of Man TT] continue, but I’m not saying it’d be the right thing to shut it down either. Would it be a better world if no one had ever visited the South Pole, scaled Everest, walked on the moon...?
This was a response I wrote in another thread, but wanted to open it up to more discussion. Your thoughts, OPPO? When do we as a culture intervene to protect us from ourselves? Clearly, when other lives are in the balance, governments must protect innocents. But if and when a individual wants to attempt something that is terribly risky for whatever reason compels them, who are we collectively to tell them that they can’t?