Safety and Natural Selection

This was part of a thread about administration of CPR and potential legal liability on a mountain biking list that I subscribe to. I have not read the original article.


Appearing the San Jose Mercury News Friday, November 4, 1994.

The following missive, by Lawrence A. Bullis of Phoenix to the Arizona Republic, was reprinted in Harpers:

Every day some new do-gooder is trying to save us from ourselves. We have so many laws and safety commissions to ensure our safety that it seems nearly impossible to have an accident. The problem is that we need accidents, and lots of them.

Danger is natures way of eliminating stupid people. Without safety, stupid people die in accidents…

With safety, however well-intentioned it may be, we are devolving into half-witted mutants, because idiots, who by all rights should be dead, are spared from their rightful early graves and are free to breed even more imbeciles.

Lets do away with safety and improve our species. Take up smoking. Jaywalk. Play with blasting caps. Swim right after a big meal. Stick something small in your ear. Take your choice of dangerous activity and do it with gusto. Future generations will thank you.

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