We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Wimpy boys and wimpy girls. If safety is your biggest concern in life, you will never live. I thought it was all about fear of lawsuits, but I am beginning to think it reflects some form of psycho-ideology. We are raising a generation of wimps.
I could not agree more. Longevity depends on individuals adopting conduct of their lives so that they manage risk, not avoid it. Every endeavour in living carries a risk of one sort or another. The only way to avoid risk is to avoid endeavour. I don't know the origin of the term, but it is said that the only safe place for ships is in harbour. Yet even there storms occasionally manage to find them with consequences.
it started as increased risk aversion, then the lawyers smelled blood and sued everyone left and right for the smallest perceived thing that caused any risk whatsoever.
By now those two have combined into the monster we see, where not being risk averse to the point of ensuring that nothing whatsoever can ever possibly happen is a sure way to be sued into bankruptcy.