I saw a guy on a motorcycle today.
He looked kinda cool.
I wish I had done that when I was younger.
Now I just avoid recklessness and I tell myself there are plenty of safe ways to have fun.
But isn't the danger the essential ingredient of the whole experience?
Why would I want to chew the wrapper and throw away the candy?
If we let concerns over our own mortality control our experiences, then those concerns inevitably make us stupider.
If your stupidity gets you killed, then society doesn't mourn your loss for very long.
If you survive because you added something new to the mix, then society benefits.
Go on kid, make Darwin proud.
But Fuck Society.
A society which has not found a way to make the bargain mutually beneficial does not deserve my devotion.
It's learned some neat tricks, but it is still young and stupid.
It's still too early to serve society as a God.
And it's still too early to let it make childish mistakes of its own choosing.
And Lo! God came down from the Heavens for one week.
She healed the sick, performed miracles, and proved herself to All.
She baptised a willing planet into her new Global Unified Religion.
But when she granted Larry King an exclusive interview, the people saw she was a vapid idiot.
This changed nothing.
They just prayed slightly harder when she left them all alone.