Humans do need a certain level of chaos in their lives. Without taking risks we cannot advance socially of technologically. By taking risks, we open doors that lead to enrichment and enhancement of society. As we’ve been seeing in fight club, lack of risk, can be debilitating. However, in excess the same can also be said, as seen in the Picture of Dorian Gray. The amount of risk one is willing to take is greatly dependent on past experience. One who tends to take risks that end positively, is likely to chance chaos again. However, one tends to be less willing if they find negative effects. There is also an element of loss, when a lot is at stake when taking risks, it can change the likelihood of taking the chance and stepping out of their comfort zones. I tend to be more of a risk taker. I believe that if a chance arises to branch out rather than sticking to the safety of familiarity, it should, in many cases be taken.
I agree with Raven about how without risks we can’t advance. Risks lead us to the ability to recover and make us work harder at things. It teaches us that failure is common, but success can be achieved. However, there are also those who chose not to take risks because they rather assimilate to a lifestyle than creating their own. I think that those who are willing to take risks are also the ones who are willing to be looked down upon by society. While those who are followers are the ones who provide what is expected or approved by society. I feel like risks are also a way to feel fulfilled, as if there is emptiness in someone who doesn’t feel alive. It could also be a way for people to feel human, to be “normal.” I think I am the type of person who is too cautious; I see the outcome before I experience the risk. I find myself thinking of the worst possibilities rather than the good ones.
Agreeing with Raven and Keira, risk and chaos is a necessary part of life. Without risks, a person cannot grow in a certain area of their lives. Risks taken are not necessarily for others to see but for oneself to know where they stand. I believe this could be a sport, art, or anything that any person is trying to branch out of their comfort zones. Taking risks allows people to see what they enjoy or dislike. If they enjoy what they took a risk on, they can observe their mistakes, to grow and practice. A life without chaos would not allow humans to develop relationships or skills. Nonchalance would overcome the world, maybe too much of a perfect world. Fear and anxiety push people to move forward, making them want to take risks. If a risk were to affect a close friend or family member, I think that it would be extremely hard to take the risk. Especially if the negative result outweighs the possible good. I personally am initially very cautious. I make myself go crazy thinking about what could go wrong but end up taking the risk anyway.
I agree with Hannah in that risk provides us with skills for relationships etc. We grow when we take risks. To me, risk is an essential human need as is required to maintain a healthy state of mind. For this purpose, I define risk as not just an unnecessary exposure to danger, but an excursion from one’s comfort zone, to move the prosperities of this repose into an unstable place. A risk serves as an exposure to danger but with the goal of progress - a prize on the other side. Many times, to take this type of risk informs us humans that we have exerted effort in achieving a goal that would otherwise be unattainable - we have surprised ourselves in our own capabilities. This success indicates a stretch and growth - development of our ability and power. In reflecting on a past risk that led to success, we accordingly reassure ourselves of our place in this world, that we are worthwhile, and confirm our capacity and strength. Risks can also grant us pieces of identity for under this pressure, we discover aspects of ourselves we did not recognize before. Risk-taking, in this sense, may even grant us the brawn to summon more challenging action in the future - it allows us to move. Hence, I believe there lies as a value mechanism within risk, a machine that turns the effort required in a risk into self worth. Without risks in our lives, we fall into a monotonous lifestyle, without events or excitement, without confirmation of our existence to the world around us, and without confirmation of our own uniqueness and worth. In the poem “Icarus,” the modern version of Icarus spends his time making “small wings” simply to reach a “lighting fixture” and presumably change a bulb, etc. This demonstrates how, now that Icarus lives in a suburb, his life becomes easy and he barely has to work for anything around him - he takes no risks. Consequently, he falls into self hatred and what appears to be depression. As his self worth disintegrates, his spirit decays. Therefore, I believe that risk in the sense of traveling outside one’s comfort zone to achieve a goal, is an essential human need, for it feeds the spirit.
Humans always need an amount of risk in their lives. Without the risks, their lives would be easy and pointless. All the challenges would be easy to overcome. There is risk in anything a human does, ranging from deciding on tonight’s meal to making a life decision. One wants an amount of risk in what they do. What would be the point of skydiving? Would football be fun if the players did not take the risk and went for a two point conversion? People need to get their daily adrenaline rush, even if it is something small, like buying a lottery ticket. For some people, there would be no point in life. For example the job of an air captain would not be considered unique. There would be nothing interesting about watching and participating in sports. I’m conclusion, life would be boring and pointless without any risks. The amount of risk a person wants is dependent on his or her character. The person could be an outgoing person that would accept more risks or the totally opposite. Also the amount of risk a person wants could depend on his or her mood. So the amount of risk is based totally on the person.
Humans require some extent of chaos and/or risk in their lives in order to grow from the people we are. They are essential to our growth because they allow us to step out of our mind and expand our thinking to new levels. Taking risks provokes us to question our typical beliefs and surpass our greatest fears. Without taking risks, there is no essence to life. Life would be tremendously monotonous; we would die from the dullness and staleness of our constantly routine procedures. The significance of risks is that they may or may not result in mistakes; despite this, they serve as a learning experience for us, whether it be our societal relationships or personal obstacles that we have to overcome. I agree with Mark on the premise that there is some extent to which we can asses ourselves based on how much risk we are willing to take; those who are overly ambitious tend to take the greatest risk, and those who are reluctant and apathetical take the least amount of risk because they’re afraid of making mistakes.
I believe that each human has a different amount of risk tolerance in his or her life. In any endeavor, people initially measure how much risk will be taken, and then decide whether or not they feel comfortable enough with the task. I believe that in general, people with confidence in their lives often undertake more and higher degree risks. Comparatively, those who feel depressed or are unsatisfied with themselves tend to back down; they do not want to leave themselves vulnerable. I also feel that there are certain people who love to take high risks, as they need this amount in their lives. They have experienced the satisfaction one can attain from high risk situations and are complacent with the possibility of losing what they have. These individuals live on the thrill and possibilities of success that arise with taking risks. Personally, I tend to take risks after analyzing the situations multiple times. I find myself assuming the worse, as my own mind discourages me from taking risks. However, there have been numerous occasions in which taking a risk led to great success. I recognize the opportunities that taking a risks can provide, but am sometimes reluctant to take them.
Dina KharagI agree with Hannah when she says “Without risks, a person cannot grow in a certain area of their lives.” Unfortunately, I feel that people in this century don’t understand how to take risks that can actually benefit themselves. Nowadays, we are learning that the only way we are able to take risks is doing bad things such as smoking pot/cigarettes, taking drugs, and being a loose cannon. The reason for this label is because of our media and what our teachers teach us in class. They are certainly bad things (I’m not saying we should take drugs and be stupid) but due to this label, we think that this is the only way that we can take risks. This isn’t always the case. In fact, a risk that a person takes everyday is by talking to people at school. Without realizing it, with talking to people who you don’t know at first, you are taking a risk by presenting important information such as personal interests, your birthday, age, name, and even secrets. Another way we take risks and don’t even know it, is by doing physical activities. For example, when I’m in my dance classes, I take a big risk of exposing myself to muscle fatigue, breaking bones, damaging my hamstrings; anything is possible. However, I don’t think about this and why should I? If I were to live in fear, I wouldn’t be able to become the dancer that I am today. So when I try to push myself in activities that I love doing, its my own way of taking risks.
So I just typed this entire thing out, but then switched profiles and had all my work wiped out. Wunderbar.Anyway, I disagree with Dina on the point that talking to someone you don't know is a risk. In my opinion, risks are something you stand to lose a substantial amount from failing. Taking drugs (from Dina's example) is a risk (if not prepared for, etc, etc..) but people do it anyway, for the rush and for the effects. People generally weigh the effects of their actions before preforming them, Joe Rogan, for example, weighed the effects of a bad trip against learning more about himself and increasing his spirituality before taking a heroic dose of psilocybin (mushrooms). But that's not what I'm here to discuss, however. I think risks are definitely necessary in life, but people sometimes take too little of them. Yes, as Shemuel said, it takes someone confident to take risks and perhaps thats why people that don't take risks become depressed. They fall into patterns, just like the "Depression Book" taught earlier in the year. Risks provide a rush of adrenaline and keep life fresh and exciting, without that everything becomes gray. So technically risks aren't necessary for life, but they are certainly required for a healthy one.
I want to respond to Mark’s comment about how people need to have a certain amount of adrenaline in their lives and Shemuel’s comment on how the amount of risk depends on a person’s confidence. People are not dependent on this adrenaline rush to need to feel as if they have a purpose in life, and thus, I don’t agree that this dependence is what affects how many risks people are willing to take. I believe that the amount of risks someone rakes is dependent on whether or not they have felt the feeling in the past. Someone who has never taken a risk in their life will never know what it feels like to take a leap of faith. They will never question their routine, mundane lives or wonder what they are missing out on. Consequently, someone who has taken that leap might get hooked on the feeling of this adrenaline rush, this feeling of being “alive”, and slowly escalate in the amount of risks they are willing to take. Because they have known what it has felt like in the past, they want to recreate it by doing things that might make them feel that way again. Risk taking is very similar to doing drugs, falling in love, or even skydiving. Only people who have felt what taking a risk is like or has had some amount of chaos in their lives will have a need to take risks. Also, it is the amount of risk someone takes that affects their self-confidence, not the other way around. A person’s confidence is not built out of nowhere. It is built with the number of risks they take. People who choose not to take risks do so not only because they are afraid of making themselves vulnerable, but also because they have not yet known how liberating taking a risk is. Those people who are afraid to let themselves go are afraid because they have taken a risk in the past and now know all too well the many dangers that come with it. Personally, I love taking risks. Most of the time though, I won't take it unless I have analyzed every single angle, imagined everything that could possibly go wrong, and have dozens of back-up plans. I like to be smart about it. Some people would say that risk taking is actually about jumping blindly into something without thinking it out first. I have taken many risks like that too. But the thing about taking risks is that the person taking the chance defines what a risk is to them. Risks are defined by someone's own limits.
I think that people need to take risks to an extent. In order to bring excitement, change, and life in your lives, risks need to be taken. It could take a small step at a time but taking a small risk is better than taking none. In order to experience more than the everyday routine in life, it is essential that people do things to make them feel adrenaline. I think people with the same daily routines should learn to understand that taking risks is not always going to have a bad effect on their lives. I believe that failure seen in other people often affects their decision on whether they decide to take a risk or not. The confidence to take risks are often lower if they have a great fear of failure. The inability to know the outcome of the situation puts a state of vulnerability in the person's mind. People don't want to feel as if they're exposed which often pushes their confidence down. I feel there is a limit to how much risk someone can tolerate and that limit should not be pushed.
I do believe that people need to take risks and experience a chaos, to an extent. I would have to agree with Emily because they do bring out a change and excitement in life, it is what takes you out of the ordinary life one lives each day. In order to grow you must at one point experiencing being uncomfortable, otherwise everything will remain the same boring routine such as the main character in Fight Club. You must feel something in order to grow over all, so experiencing chaos or risk taking is not something negative because at the end of the day you become a much stronger person. If you lose something in life, you learn how to cope with pain or frustration and not make the same mistakes as before that led to this loss. If you take a big risk such as reading a poem you have written in front of the entire school you learn how to express yourself and confidence. By doing either things you can say "grow thicker skin", you learn how to deal with rough parts of life. I feel how comfortable or how confident determines how much of a risk one would take just as Steffi mentioned, these are the most important because they bring closure to one which leads them to taking a risk. Many lack those traits which leads them to stay closed in their shell without taking a risk or embracing chaotic events.
Everyone above makes a good point- risk allows people to "get outside of their comfort zone," which expands their experiences, which essentially is "grow." Now, why are some people drawn towards “risk”? I think this has a lot to do with your current mental state. Our brains’ natural state is depressed. The only way to come out of the natural state is through risk, which excites the brain. Risk-taking, by definition, defies logic. It makes absolutely no sense why a person would jump out of a plane or have a fist fight for fun (like in the fight club.) Of course it’s thrilling, but those minimal moments of ecstasy are hardly enough to keep people who take such risks eager for more. Certain people tend to live life “on the wild side” because doing so releases a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is responsible for the high we feel when we do something daring, like running really fast and riding on roller coasters. Because Dopamine acts like a drug- we keep coming back for more because we know how alive we feel after doing something that releases dopamine. Frequently, it’s the people that never experience the rush of dopamine through risk taking that isolate themselves from this feeling. Because they hardly ever feel such ecstasy- they don’t know what they’re missing, and therefore assume why not just play it safe. Moreover, if such people feel the need to break that barrier, they turn towards others to help them take a first step (The narrator in fight club does this). At first, the narrator is hesitant to try new things and seek risk- but Tyler helps him remove his shell and take a dip in the deep end by exposing him to risk, the type of risk that releases dopamine, and keeps him coming back for more. I’d like to think I live life on the edge because I enjoy a good adventure- scuba diving, jumping off really high cliffs into water, and surfing with sharks. However, I am more reluctant to take risks when the risk at hand may result in the loss of something I value highly. In such cases, I tend to play it safe and reassess my options before leaping into the unknown.
I agree with Till in that taking risks allows us to grow. When we take risks, the unexpected often happens and so, if we don't take risks and there is no chaos in our lives, our lives are really just boring. I also think that taking risks is important because it allows us to gain a better understanding of who we are. How are we supposed to discover what we like without taking risks? People feel naturally uncomfortable when they are trying out new things and pretty much no one is born being naturally skilled or good at something. Risks lead to grow and progress, which is why they are really important.
I believe humans should and need to take risks in their lives, risks that may or may not lead to chaos... I do not believe however that humans HAVE the need to take risks... I think some do and some don't. Though I think it would be very hard to NEVER take risks during a lifetime, mostly because everything we do is a risk to some degree, humans often step out of their comfort zone for factors beside just "feeling the need to". Risks, however, no matter why we do them, allow us to explore different aspects of our personal behavior, opinion and comfort. Through risks we can and do learn so much more about ourselves than if we were to just do nothing new or out of our element. I think, as I mentioned before, people take risks for more than just the "human need to" and even the reason can be an indication to the person we are. Sometimes, the more we take risks, the more we tend to like them, and sometimes the more we take risks, the less likely we are to enjoy them. Risks are terrifying, heart-racing, uncomfortable and nerve-racking, that's what makes them "risky" and "risks"... but, it is often when we are at our most vulnerable, scared, and intense state of minds that we expose our true selves.
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Risks are needed in life. If humans lived a stationary and steady life, they would be stuck. They would do the same thing everyday, never having interesting experiences. By trying new things, you have the opportunity to grow. Risks give you a chance to get out of your comfort zone. When a human is uncomfortable and out of their element, that's the best moment to grow. I agree with Olivia that risk's give humans the chance to explore and find new things within themselves. Risks are also fun; they bring something new and exciting to a person. Most humans prefer not to have risks in their lives. First of all, people hate change. They hate something happening that's out of their routine. People are used to things and don't want to disrupt their daily flow. Secondly, people don't enjoy being judged by others. Fear of being judged or doing something 'weird' stop humans from taking risks because they're scared it's not the common thing to do and people will judge them. For me, I prefer to live my life a little risky. We only have one life, shouldn't we make it interesting?
(for some reason it deleted. Wow, thanks computer.)As we continue to grow and discover new aspects of ourselves, risks are clearly important tools we need to achieve this. Pretty much everyone else has said this in different ways and such that I just have to agree with them all. Risks provides that moment of 'sitting on the knife's edge'. It makes our minds more complex because of the various outcomes our actions could have taken. When in these situations of risk, our minds become more flexible to the idea of chance and failure. I like to think of our minds as actual things becoming more flexible, to bend and reach further around each corner and crevice of the world. It's like some kind of vine that starts off stiff and grows into cracks of a building. (Okay, not the best example, but in the hopes that it makes sense, I'll move on) Point is, we start to experience more when we take risks because we won't be completely overcome with fears of failure. We'll understand that better things will most likely happen when we take risks because we would have grown enough to reach them.
I don’t necessarily think people want chaos or risks in their lives, I think people just want something exciting to happen, something that will alter their everyday lives. Chaos is stressful, no one wants any chaos in any part of their life. Some people, however, do take risks, but when people want more excitement in their life, they don’t automatically gravitate towards taking a risk of any kind. The need for chaos or risks also depends on what the person has gone through and what kind of person they are. If, for example, someone grows up in a good home, went to a good school, and overall had a troublesome free life, they may not want chaos to ensue, and they may not think about taking risks. On the other hand, someone who comes from a broken home and a bad past, may gravitate towards a more troublesome life and take risks, which then creates chaos. Something I believe is always on people’s minds is freedom. Freedom from having to go to work or school everyday, from having to pay taxes and bills, freedom from having a normal life where you go to school, work, make money, find someone special, marry, have kids, and eventually die. Deep down, I think everyone wants chaos, not necessarily in their lives, but just chaos. They want to take risks, want to feel what it’s like to break all sorts of rules and regulations. For me, I wouldn’t mind chaos. I think if the world fell apart in one night and chaos erupted, so be it, let’s see what happens. On the other hand, I’ve never taken a risk, and if I have, I don’t recall. I’ve always followed the rules, and any time someone veers from following the rules perfectly, I stop myself from pointing it out or calling them out on it. This is how I think a lot of people are like, they don’t take risks, partially because they can’t, and partially because they know they shouldn’t, but deep down, everyone wants to see chaos.
I agree with Emily’s point that taking risks helps us get out of our boring lives and gives us that excitement that we crave as humans. Yes, risk could cause chaos but from the chaos that is created when we take risks we learn new things, about ourselves. When we take risks we learn the things we are capable of handling and what we can’t handle so after that we can’t learn not to take such huge risks. By learning new things it helps us grow and know what kind of choices to make in life. It is unavoidable for us to take risks in our lives because we encounter situations where we can’t help but take many risks, however they might not seem like such a big deal since the risks we take sometimes aren’t big risks that cause such a drastic change. We sometimes fear change and fear is a factor that determines the amount of risk we take in our lives. I for example, am afraid to take big risks in my life and that is why I feel that I have yet to learn more things in life and I am sure that later on I will have to take greater risks in my life in order to change the way I’m living, for good. I believe that there are different types of risks that we take, risk that lead to change for good and risks that lead to bad, and that is why I feel that being aware of the type of risks that you take in life is important.
I think that chaos is what is really inherent in human needs, and risk is simply a way to induce unpredictability. Before cities with straight lines of office cubicles there was much less certainty of repetition than there is today, so it is only natural that the need to have a change of pace is engraved in how our minds work. As many people here have already said, the monotony of the modern lifestyle really wears down on a person and makes life not really worth living. An exciting way to achieve this change of pace is to take risks, which is why they contribute to a healthy mental state. Risk is by definition uncertain, but when people think of risk they think of high stake uncertainties such as gaining or losing something of value. While these more intense risks are certainly valuable to adding change to some people's lives, I think that other people can get by on simpler uncertainties. This would be things like making snap decisions to go on a short adventure to the park or other low consequence risks. Both ranges of people thrive off a bit of chaos but only the high consequence risk takers are seen as thrill seeking. However, I think that everyone makes a bit of unpredictability in their lives but go about it in different ways.
Like everyone else, I think one can never truly grow in life unless they have taken risk. In the Poem on Love and Sorrow by Khalil Gibran, he touches on the subject of sorrow, and the way it is irrevocably connected with joy. The way we as humans can’t feel happiness without knowing sorrow, and the more sorrow felt, the higher capacity we have for happiness. I believe with risk, the more risk people take the more they are able to grow, whether the risk taken is appropriate or not doesn’t really matter, both ways the result of taking a risk gives a chance for expanding our experience and therefore allowing us to grow. What Jessica said about the mental state as being naturally depressed is a very interesting idea. It makes sense, as when we were all kids we had to face risks almost every day of our lives- everything we did was new to us, and childhood is usually one of the happiest times of human life, along with college life which is also an introduction to a lot of new things; But to me Risk is not necessarily a drug. I don’t think people usually avoid it because they haven’t experienced it before. I think risk is something in our life that has a very scary connotation to it, and people are more in fear of the outcome rather than just not being able to understand what they’re missing. I think either people who are in so deep that they have nothing more to lose, or the people who have enough of everything so that their loss will still leave them with enough sanity are the people who are able to take the most risk. But the people who are in the middle ground, are scared to take that first step in fear of moving from their comfortability, this rut that keeps them safe.
I agree with Emily and Fatima's posts of the essential need of why we as humans want to have risks in their lives. I believe that risks are just a form of excursion that we have to go through in our lives. As we journey through, we learn to become more free from our doubts, exposing ourselves to new heights we would as individuals would never thought could of achieved. Even though risks can lead to extraordinary success or failure, it is a factor that is established into us that we need to learn to invoke. As we take risks, we learn to push ourselves from our boundaries and from our comfort zones to be able to feel that drive and exciting motivation that pushes us to keep going and to open up to new roads. Being able to take risks will also determine who we are as individuals and we get to play out how that is going to be in our lives. But, also, as we push ourselves, we also need to control and manage the things we would need to take risks on. I feel like I believe that people should not go over the top of what they think they should take risks on but to take risks that makes them feel safe and not in a state of fear or danger doing it. Although fear and danger are qualities that could expose who we are, it is also good to understand that people should stay in a safer environment.
Risk is apart of being human. The world is a very uncertain place, where people need to evaluate risks to rewards. The amount of risk an individual takes is based on how they grew up. For example if said persons parents, have benefited from taking risks, than the child might see taking more risks as a template for success in the future. The amount of risk a person takes always changes. When people are younger they are encouraged to take more risks, one because it’s a learning experience and two because if they do fail at something it’s less detrimental because they had a lot of time to recover from the failure. For an older person, they have a lot more to worry about like dependants and have less time to recover from failures. Personally I think I take a good amount of risks in life. With theses risks I’ve learned a lot of things. Some of them in which I failed at definitely didn’t feel good at the time, but as I look back I’m happy that I can use that experience for the future.
Risk isn’t a human need necessarily, as many people live safe and unexcited lives, but it is certainly a key element in finding success. Strongly connected to risk is discomfort, and when we explore areas that make us uncomfortable and come away relatively unscathed, we feel like we’ve conquered something in ourselves. Conversely, risks that end in trauma only serve to draw us further back into our shell of comfort. The amount of risks someone takes is often correlated with how their first few risks go; a person that conquers an area of discomfort is more likely to take another risk than someone who experiences a negative result from their first risk. Additionally, people who are willing to accept temporary failure and can bounce back are more likely to be risk takers.I am cautious with a lot of things, although I’d venture to say that in some ways I am more of a risk taker than others. Social interactions at times represent risks for me, whereas for others interactions aren’t ever a big deal. Meanwhile, I think I’m more willing to disregard rules and procedure than others.
Humans have the natural instinct to get to comfortable when things go ones way, resulting only in settling. Adding on, humans also have the tendency to give up when things don't go ones way, and settle for failure. It's either you win or lose. However, humans also have desires and an ambition to want the best. This enables one to take many risks, because in life no one is going to spoon feed you success or change your life for the better. Therefore there's a need for taking risk, you can never get to comfortable because after time it becomes a routine, and that's boring. It's definitely more of a must for those who aren't so lucky, giving up is never the answer. Risks can lead up to a breakthrough and before you know it life itself will change. We all have the ability and power to determine how are life turns out, risks play an important role because there will be times where you are faced with decisions that are going to require you to chose. That weird "gut feeling" that you get is one of the many feelings of taking risks. Responsibility is also needed because taking to many risks can results in total chaos, you have to know when it's important and if it's going to benefit you. Life is all about living it to best of your ability, because time is death and time doesn't wait, it keeps going. Taking risks are a part of life that create and renew the excitement of living. As for me, I really don't care about what others think of the decisions I take or risks. I don't like being to cautious with everything it's boring, I prefer to go at my own pace; yes take risks but not to the extent where I go overboard.