On Sunday, the day of the week that for me is the most inviting to read, I found several news articles that I identified as having a common denominator: risk.
Today we are publishing the image of a photographer that because of wanting to take a good snapshot of a volcano in Hawaii, risked his life, burning his shoes and equipment in the vicinity of the lava. The daring character is Kawika Singson, whose shoes ended up looking like this:
However, the photos he was able to take are a thing of beauty:
Is it worth risking so much to take these pictures?
On the other hand, I found some news about a police officer who has been sanctioned for refusing to risk his life. The agent refused to stand in a lane on the A5 motorway to regulate traffic in the middle of everyone travelling for the 2011 Holy Week for fear of being hit, choosing to do it from the shoulder instead. For the Central Military Court, this is a serious lack of subordination that has no justification because you can only refuse an order if it involves a crime.
The story goes back to the afternoon of 20 April 2011, on the A5 towards Extremadura. That day, because of the density of the holiday traffic exodus, a superior ordered the opening of a bypass on the road to open an additional lane for traffic congestion. The superior repeatedly ordered his subordinate, an agent with nearly 20 years experience in the field, to station himself in the third lane of the highway to regulate the diversion of vehicles. The police officer refused to abide by those terms since he thought that we would be risking his physical safety and that it would introduce an unnecessary obstacle in the road that could cause major problems in the traffic. We can corroborate this point in the images available from the incident:
What would you put first, protect your own body or obey an order? Is it worth it?
As was said the other day by Doctor Thomas Camacho, a former toxicology expert at NASA who studied toxic effects on astronauts, whom I was fortunate to see and hear at the OHS summer school in Sitges, the line between life and death is very thin. In a moment life is gone without even realizing it. I was thinking about this when I read another news article today, in which a swimmer died in her attempt to cross the English Channel.
The swimmer was accompanied on her quest by an English vessel that had no defibrillator. All of the help arrived late and the woman died in the Hospital of the Gala town Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Once again, an unnecessary risk putting one more victim on a long list. And we keep asking: Is it worth it?
Athletes such as Kilian Jornet, say they will take the risk and prefer to die than living without incentives. They live from it and for it. As the failed swimmer or seasoned photographer surely did. The police officer lives from it but not for it, and therein lies the difference.
In any case, as Emilio Duró said, life will change a Tuesday at 10:30 in the morning and catch you completely off guard, the border between being here and there is very fragile, and sometimes we are not aware of the risk or its consequences.
What is your opinion?
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