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Simon Reynolds: "Risk"

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To laugh is to risk looking a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to another is to risk involvement.

To show feelings is to risk revealing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams

before a crowd is to risk their loss.


To love is to risk rejection.

To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.


But risks must be taken,

because one of the greatest dangers in life

is to risk nothing.


Those who risk nothing do nothing,

achieve nothing and become nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow,

but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or even live.

Chained by their uncertainties, they are slaves,

they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks all that he cannot keep,

to have what he can never lose, is truly free.


Adapted by Simon Reynolds.

A man who went to work in the townships of South Africa

and sadly died at a young age, 21.

Care for the Family, from the book 'I wonder if lawnmowers can swim?'

Roger Day, Charis Books

(c) Pete and Barbie Reynolds with permission.