Calculated Risks
There are
r i g i d
p e o p l e

who stick to a narrow range of
"acceptable behavior"
There are creative types,
who live close to the
of acceptable behavior - their
high imaginations
keep them near the
of the
"calculated safe risk zone."
Sometimes this is because of poor "arithmetic" skills
(i.e. they lack the required skills to make safe choices)
and sometimes because artists discovered that it is worth taking
risks  to sense the  better life the unusual the deeper the fuller life.
In the
"relative measure"

of risk taking we are all about the same
- each of us lives close to her/his own limits of vulnerability

at any given time.

In the
"absolute measure,"

of the risks taken, the content and quality, we are vastly different from one another,


cats included.

Needing to sleep in a tree in December to survive the night, leaves no time

(or very little anyway)

for Bach, Escher or Göedel.

1988  Jerome Garfunkel
Woodstock, NY   12498-1145