Friday, September 04, 2009

Jolt Quote XXIV

Conservative. Cautious. Conventional. These are the hallmarks of risk-averse people.

Liberal. Daring. Radical. These are the badges of risk-takers.

Risk-averse people needs to loosen up. Risk-takers do well with an appropriate dosage of prudence. The former needs to back away from cautious living in guarded fear, while the latter should back off from precarious ventures. What we will then have is to live in trust. Luci Shaw puts it beautifully.

"Risk must be firmly grounded in trust. And trust, by definition, always includes risk, the risk of the unknown or the dangerous known. Reaching the riverbank and the safety of solid ground felt a bit like reaching heaven after an earthly life of belief in the midst of often perilous and uncertain circumstances."
(Luci Shaw, The Crime of Living Cautiously, IVP, 2005, p13)

"Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either daring adventure, or nothing." (Helen Keller)


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