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"A life without challenge and risk is not worth living". Do you agree? Explain."A life...

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tedmund92 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM via web

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"A life without challenge and risk is not worth living". Do you agree? Explain.

"A life without challenge and risk is not worth living". Do you agree? Explain.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM (Answer #2)

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I think that a life without risk would be boring.  Risk is the spice of life.  It makes life more interesting.  If you never took a risk, you would never accomplish anything.  You would never be in love or go to school or get a job.  Life involves risk.  You may not succeed, but you never will succeed in anything if you never try.

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM (Answer #3)

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The statement, "A life without challenge and risk is not worth living", is true to a certain extent for most people. However, some people are quite happy to have challenge-free and risk-free lives because of fears and other concerns they may have that are particular to them.

To say that it is not worth it for them to live life like this is too sweeping of a statement. I certainly enjoy challenges in life, especially as concerns my career. I also enjoy taking "calculated" risks to reap certain rewards. Haphazard risks without thinking of the consequences can certainly come back to bite a person and make their life "not worth living" to a certain extent because of major tragedy that has resulted.

Healthy challenges and risk designed and acted upon to further one's growth as a person, physically, intellectually, and spiritually, are definitely something to undertake. This does make life more exciting, creative, productive and plain old fun.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM (Answer #4)

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I think that challenge is more important than risk.  That may just be my feeling as I get older, though.

Many of the things that are most rewarding in life are challenging.  Can I get better at sport X?  Can I learn this new language?  Can I be successful in this new job?  All of this is challenging and all of it forces us to grow constantly.  Without challenges we would stagnate.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM (Answer #5)

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Each person is challenged in different ways according to his/her abilities, likes, and desires. I think humans are natural creators and we need to feel like we are useful to someone or something for walking this earth. I think that humans have a great need to feel like they are living up to their potential; but then again, there are those who are perfectly happy with sitting on the fence in every area of life. Some might say that the lack of activity that results in boredom is a sign that one's life is peaceful and fulfilled because specific goals have already been met. Either way, this issue is probably best defined on an individual basis rather than be deemed a clear blanket statement that applies to one and all.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM (Answer #6)

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I personally enjoy a good challenge, but there is a lot to be said for the peace that comes to a life with a fewer problems.  When I look at some of the celebrity suicides out there, people with complete financial freedom and the world at their fingertips, I wonder if the lack of challenge and risk in life is what drove them over the edge.

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discussion1984 | Salutatorian

Posted November 8, 2012 at 4:27 AM (Answer #7)

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What happened to my post? I originally posted something but it is not here....

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