Dennis Prager writes about the cancellation of an NFL game due to a snowstorm and relates it to the “wussification” of America:
Sadly, this risk-averse/avoid-pain mindset is overtaking America. Anything that entails risk is to be avoided and, when possible, banned. The breast-cancer drug Avastin has just been banned by the FDA because of a side-effect risk. Yet terminally ill breast cancer patients who understand the risks have begged to be allowed to take the drug (even Europe allows it). Peanuts and peanut butter, particularly good sources of protein for kids (because kids actually like and therefore eat peanuts and peanut butter), are banned in more and more schools because of the risk (which is far less than that of being killed by lightning) that peanut-allergic students may die in schools that do not ban peanuts. Desperately needed nuclear power plants are shelved because of the infinitesimally small risk of nuclear-waste-radiation leakage. And now an NFL game is canceled because of the risk that some fans might get into auto accidents in a snowstorm.
…Once the home of the brave, America is becoming the home of the risk-averse and the pain-avoiders. And when you are risk-averse you are not only less brave, you are less free. With freedom comes pain, a price more and more Americans don’t want to pay.
Makes me wonder if we could rise to a challenge like WWII anymore…