Is It Worth The Risk?

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”  (Attributed to Bob Marley)
Throughout our culture we celebrate heroes who are willing to take tremendous risks for a higher good.  Is this a legacy from Christianity and Jesus’ assertion in John 15: that “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”?  Clearly non-Christians make huge sacrifices as well; Dorothy Day noted with surprise that it was her atheist and anarchist friends, who only believed in one life, that were the most willing to lay that life down for the sake of a cause.  Is this prizing of risk-taking good?  When is dangerous?  How can we make conscious decisions about risk?

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