Re: [2] Freedom or death

Eric Watt Forste (
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 12:58:59 -0700

Darren Reynolds writes:
> Yes! Anyone who says they'd rather be dead than not free puzzles me,
> and at least a couple of people leapt down your throat at your
> "rhetorical question".

The world presents us with probabilistic balancing acts much more
often than it presents us with binary toggles. Just as many people
are willing to take on small but significant risks of death in the
name of fun (skydivers, those who experiment with new designer
drugs, etc), some of us are willing to face significantly increased
*risks* of death in order to secure our freedoms.

And some of us have, shall I say, slightly diminished respect for
people who are ready to sell out all their freedoms in exchange
for a reduced risk of death. But these are personal decisions.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ expectation foils perception -pcd