Have We Lost The Sense of Adventure?

Daily Prompt: Too Big To Fail

Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).

Wilbur Wright in prone position on glider just after landing, its skid marks visible behind it and, in the foreground, skid marks from a previous landing; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Wilbur Wright in prone position on glider just after landing, its skid marks visible behind it and, in the foreground, skid marks from a previous landing; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”* What guy wants the ‘easy’ girl for anything more than a mometary fling? What woman wants the ‘drooling fool’ for anything more than the things he can buy or provide?

Absolutely nothing came to my mind as a guaranteed venture of interest to me when I read this Daily Prompt. This question came to mind: “Have I, or, have we lost the true meaning or sense of adventure?” For most of us, looking for or contemplating guarantees go against our grain. I live in the United States of America. Our entire history is about daring souls braving the risks of personal danger and losing everything in order to fulfill dreams. Some made perilous ocean voyages and other dangerous journeys to get here. Others braved the threats to life and starvation to settle treacherous forests, rolling hills and plains, and desert climates. The wild, wild west got its moniker because of the ‘do or die’, ‘make it or break it’, and the ‘to Californy or bust’ mentality of its settlers.

As with our predecessors and their adventures, it is the lack of guaranteed success that makes the adventure exciting. If I am offered something with a money back guarantee I am immediately skeptical of the product. In my mind the developers or the markets do not have confidence in their product. Or, I begin to think, they are running a ruse or gimmick. Now that gimmick may only be a ‘gamble’ on their part with the law of averages, bettting that most dissatisfied customers would not take the time, effort, and expense of shipping to return their product.

Just as I am hesitant with guaranteed products, I am likewise unimpressed with ‘naked appeal’ regarding anything. We know from having been so overwhelmingly exposed through our entertainment venues that marketers truly believe “sex sells.” However, it sells through the tease and enticement. When in high school and then later in college, the difference in sexually attractive girls was amazing. Some, though beautiful, became known as ‘easy’ in regards to sexual matters and lost their appeal to most guys except for momentary trysts. Other girls, some quite beautiful and some only so-so, could have a line of foolish boys drooling after them just by maintaining an air of mystery and “working it…working it!”

In a related frame of mind I remember being at an awards ceremony for adolescent children a few days ago. Seven people received “The Most Valuable” award. What’s up with that? What has our ‘fear of failing’ society come to? What are we teaching our children?

No, thank you. I’ll pass on the absolute guarantees. I may be older now, but I’m still adventurous. I want my successes to belong to me and not someone who gave me a guarantee!

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED – “You can’t get anywhere unless you’re willing to take a risk.” The saying dates back to Chaucer (c. 1374)


3 thoughts on “Have We Lost The Sense of Adventure?

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