Letters: Sep. 27, 1999

LIFE ON THE EDGE

Your article seems to make "risk takers" the modern equivalent of Greek heroes [ADVENTURE, Sept. 6]. But such enthusiasm is an assault on the legions of young Americans striving to build a family and career based on something deeper and more enduring than a dopamine surge of pleasure. The risk takers represent a fringe of our society, and while interesting to a point, they are hardly the leaders of a movement. SEAN P. MAZER New York City

Taking risks focuses the mind. Such activities are bracing, to say the least, whether you are a BASE jumper, a...

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