People who look for excitement and danger are foolish. Do you agree?
The answer to the proposition can be a big “No” though there may be quite a few who take the opposite view, still the truth will prevail. Man hungers for adventure for it brings him the excitement and the resulting satisfaction. Excitement and anticipation make life worthwhile. If everything is as dust or as free as air there can’t be any excitement and life would have no meaning and man can at best be a cabbage going through a vegetative growth.
It may be enough for the purpose of this essay to confine to adventurous acts though there are others which may be equally exciting.
Why does any person go through the hazards of an adventure? It is because of their psychological needs. We see it in children. They explore and get into difficult places because they like excitement. This sort of thing is quite common among school children. Their mischief and frolic have got them into trouble. The youth does dangerous things because they have the elements of adventure in them. While there is attendant self satisfaction, it also ensures public recognition. One climbs mountains where others have never gone; one jumps long distances for the sake of recognition. To get the excitement of standing on the victory stand and getting the applause of the crowd one goes through months and months of hard training. What an excitement we get seeing the star artist in the circus on the trapeze! Crossing the Channel or climbing Mount Everest has its own excitement. Climbing Everest and crossing the Channel have been done by successive generations of adventurers. Nobody now looks upon these as a challenge; so too with space. The news that man had landed on the moon was exciting in those days but now it is taken for grated.
Man’s desire to try the impossible challenge and win is at the bottom of so many success stories. If these adventurers had not taken the challenge there would not have been any human progress, whether it is in the field of sports, science or medicine. It is not foolish or childish to look for adventures. Then only can one cross the uncharted seas and happy as Ulysses. Only the weakling will look upon anything calling for excitement and danger, as foolish.
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