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“Let’s You And Him Fight” — The Ethics of Gratuitous Risk-Taking

“Let’s You And Him Fight” — The Ethics of Gratuitous Risk-Taking

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Amanda Eller was indeed irresponsible in taking actions that resulted in other people risking serious injury, death, turning their spouses into widow(er)s, their kids into orphans, etc., in order to rescue her. That said, I do admire her for taking ownership of her actions – which is more than most people do who are similarly reckless. The arrogance of such people is nothing short of breathtaking: they presume upon the moral character of those more mature than they by simply taking for granted that, if and when they place themselves in a life-threatening situation, that others – police, fire fighters, EMTs, etc., and first-responders generally – will place themselves in harm’s way to rescue such amateur stunt people from the consequences of their own poor judgment. That Ms. Eller came