A weekly series of riffs in 200 words
Look, I’m sorry, but planking is hilarious and I can see why young people think it’s a blast.
Yes, it can be dangerous. So can many pleasurable things if taken to extremes.
Diving is exhilarating…diving off rocks into unchartered waters is hazardous.
Riding a pushbike is fun…riding a bike in the middle of an 8-lane highway is nuts.
Could we just stop this crazy notion that every time there is a death, we have to find someone to blame?
People will die doing mundane things like crossing the road or riding on a train.
There is danger lurking in the simplest pursuits. Next time someone dies from handling contaminated potting mix, should we ban gardening?
There’s a constant lament that people spend hours sitting hunched over computers and not enough time out in the world doing ‘stuff’. But people will die when they are outside having fun: surfing, rock-climbing, sailing, bush-walking.
Plankers are out there doing their ‘thing’ usually in the fresh air and sunshine. They are doing something that makes them and their friends (not to mention complete strangers) laugh.
Remember the old adage? Laughter is the best medicine.
Pretty silly I guess, but kinda funny. Bit like life.