Is it true that a life without challenges and risks is not worth living?Please state your reasons and real-life evidences.Thanks!

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For myself, I would not take this mantra on as a personal philosophy...but I have certainly acted on the idea. There have been several occasions in my professional life where I felt that I needed to move on because I was not being challenged enough. Movement certainly entailed risk in my case.

This pattern may continue for me, however, even if it does continue I will not be making my decisions to pursue challenges as the result of an agreement with the principle in question. 

Challenge is good. Yes. But challenge is not necessarily essential to a worthwhile life.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One might stop and consider the connotation for the word challenges and the connotation for the word risks. Challenges has a more positive connotation while risks implies a more negative idea. Certainly, the challenges an individual faces and overcomes makes life more eventful and possibly more productive and rewarding. While risks implies a degree of carelessness or unwarranted danger. However, to say that life is not worth living without either of these elements would be an inaccurate sweeping generalization.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it wouldn't be worth living. I would say that if people have aspirations, they won't achieve them, in all likelihood, without taking risks and accepting challenges. But the other side to this is that once a person is in a situation where they have family or others that depend on them, they really have to weigh risks against the possible rewards. At some point, taking risks could be seen as somewhat irresponsible in these situations.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Risks are what make life interesting.  They add flavor to life, just as seasoning adds flavor to food.  If you don't take a risk, nothing will change.  The benefits in life usually come from doing something different.  Living a safe life is basically living a boring life.

suzannah304 | Student

I absolutely think so. If we only have happiness we are always satisfied and there is only pleasure but if there are risks, troubles we are not constant. We think, react, and what not. We go through pain. And when the happy moments return again that is the best part of our life. We remember those past troubles and be happy as we have overcome them. So at last life is worth only with troubles and risks, challenges.

discussion1984 | Student

What a wonderful question! Certainly we as humans are good at turning lemons into lemonade, but I don't see why life would not be worth living without challenges. Heaven sounds pretty good to me, especially when I'm burdened with bills, relationship problems, or physical limitations. On the other hand, there is some value in having challenges and risks. The feeling of trying to do something difficult and then finally being able to do it after effort and hard-work feels satisfying. And sometimes risks can be great fun. I loved to take a jump with my mountain bike, knowing I could plumet on my face and get really hurt. It's quite the thrill. Still, there's something to be said for total security, knowing that I can drink my water without risking my health, that I can sleep in my bed without anyone entering my home. In all, I'd say risks and challenges are a mixed blessing, just like the days of our lives. jajajaja.