If your friends were to jump off a cliff, would you let them?

First of all, take the time to watch that video. Besides having a great soundtrack, it’s incredibly well-made, so it’s exhilarating and entertaining. These guys are nuts.

The greatest thing about extreme sports is the awesome energy and camaraderie that really seems prevalent in the various areas- watch any documentary or clip of people doing stupid stunts together, and there’s no questioning the friendship that’s there. For many of these athletes, their peers are like their family. This can be a wonderful thing- they work together and feed off each other to push themselves emotionally and physically beyond the capabilities of most mere mortals.

But how far is too far?

I strongly value self-awareness and decision-making; part of being able to accomplish feats akin to what these French guys do is knowing their limits, since simple mistakes are the ones that lead to things like death. So when one of the climbers in the above video goes out on his wire with no safety gear, I’m certain that he knows full-well that he can do it. Yet, how would everyone else there feel if anything went wrong, and they hadn’t stopped him? It’s a very parent-y thing of me to ask, I know.

However, I’d say that the core of that closeness amongst so many extreme athletes is really that ethical dilemma- they have to push themselves, and they have to to watch out for each other. And at any given time, that might mean having to talk your best friend down from an idea that they’re clinging to like their life depended on it.

In the meantime, here’s a video of my dream sport, speedflying:


2 thoughts on “If your friends were to jump off a cliff, would you let them?

  1. I’m a huge extreme sports junkie. I love skydiving and all I want to do is to put on a wing-suit and jump off of a cliff. For most sports I think that there is a sense of capitalizing on your opponents weaknesses. However, when capitalizing on their weakness could mean death the capitalization should stop. In these instances it makes sense to watch out for your competitor.

  2. That climber that chose to go out on the line without his safety gear, went out there on his own risk. His mistake, however, would have affected more than just himself. It was actually a very selfish thing to do on his part. If he actually did fall, then his friends would always blame themselves. Also, his friends would have to jump after him to either save him or recover his body. This would put his friends into a possibly dangerous- not to mention traumatizing- situation. His death would always be on their consciences. These adventurists are faced with major ethical choices that come with huge consequences. Instead of making a decision that would result in hurting your business, some of their decisions may result in the death of a dear friend. Sometimes the thrill of an adrenaline rush may cause people to get carried away and make a poor choice.The decision to do what is right, may not always seem right at the time.


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