"It's ironic how physical danger can make you feel so good, nevertheless there are thousands of people who seem to do nothing else in the world except try to eliminate it. Personally, I think a man needs physical danger. It cleans him and it tests him. If he is protected from it entirely, he loses something important, whether he knows it or not. Instinctively, primitive societies recognize this. They abound with customs and rituals where physical danger provides the keen cutting edge--the knife that tests. Today, as individuals, we still try to satisfy this need. It may be something rather spectacular, such as surfboarding, parachute jumping, car racing, gang wars, or it may be something more ordinary, such as simply taking a ski run faster than you are sure you can do it. But to a greater or lesser degree, all share the same goodness: they can all give us the rather unpleasant tightness of before and the relaxed, proud feeling of after."
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