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Old June 24, 2018, 12:17 PM   #27
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I wasn't meaning to hold myself out as a virtuous man, I pointed out that there are many factors. I wouldn't consider intervention in a lot of circumstances and I would consider turning aside as a virtue in many cases. saving your own life still counts as saving a life, right? Deliberately dying to save another is not virtuous, nor is taking an enormous risk.

I said earlier that "hero" is overused. Dragging a kid out of a pool isn't heroic. I'm not any sort of hero and that's not the point. making the decision to intervene instead of letting events take their course is ambiguous. It can be truly foolish. I freely admit that I'm foolish about these things, don't always think too clearly before deciding, make mistakes, trust too far, and my wife tears me apart when I do.

There isn't any reward most of the time, nothing but grief.
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