Originally Posted by beyond
For me this is a lot more disturbing than some out of control intermediate doing a Bono; she apparently was a good skier who knew what she was doing at speed, and her coach was nearby.
Unclear if it'll have much impact on other immortals, though. Has anyone here read "Into the Wild?" Central idea is that sometime between puberty and 20-something, most of us need to see how close we can get to dying, without ever grasping that we may not pull back in time. And the more close calls, the more we decide we ARE immortal. Chilling idea for those of us with growing children.
I've studied this in some depth. Adolescents typically need to distinguish between the different kinds of limitation put upon them by authority figures.
Many of the warnings we give our kids are based on our own limitations; or a backward view of the world rooted in our own childhoods; or just natural fear for their safety... but NOT on the actual facts of what they can or can't do. Often, those facts are unknown.
Adolescents need to find out what the 'real limits' are; the true limits, rooted in the reality of the world, not the emotions and learned habits of their elders.
The young men and women who've succeeded 'against the odds' simply found out that what they were told by oldtimers like me just wasn't true. It's reality testing. And sometimes tragic.