Who is at a greater risk of injury and death? Why?
I love rodeos and the PBR; I could watch it for days on end. The riders I follow are J. B. Mauney and Ryan Dirteater (how can you not like a bull rider with the last name 'Dirteater'?). Last week's World Championship in Las Vegas was a great show with a impressive combination of riders and bulls. Equally impressive were some of the tosses, especially that of bull fighter Jesse Byrne.
Professional bull riding, and other Western sport riding, is a hard way to earn a living. The same goes for bull fighters. Considering the financial payoffs and comparing that to expenses and such, I wondered if the reward is worth the risk. Certainly both the rider and the fighter could earn equal or more money in a safer vocation. However, each is doing what they want to do and, we assume, are fully aware of the inherent dangers.
So when considering the subject of employment and risk, and especially after seeing Jesse Byrne step in and place himself between Doug Duncan and Jiminey Cricket, I have three questions for you to consider and try to answer. It's best if you watch the video first to get the context. These questions aren't simply about firefighting but about interpreting risk within one's employment or delivery of services.
Who is at a greater risk of injury and death?
Does embracing one's vocation also embrace risk, beyond accepting it?
Is placing yourself at risk (or greater risk) more of a priority then the vocation itself?
I'm curious to read what you think. We'll discuss it more after some comments come in.
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- “It’s All Good” – July 10, 2012
- Rhetorical Lesson No.10
Profiling and Pets – July 19, 2012
- An LODD Benefits Ruling to Watch – July 26, 2012