Originally Posted by Factor
Dear oh Dear. What an embittered person. A stunt you say!
It may be stupid, it may be dangerous It may be many things - a stunt it is not.
Originally Posted by Bark
While I feel she lacks the experienced to succeed, I don't think it's a "stunt" either. And also this type of cynical negative comment really ought to be in the other thread doncha think?
I’m cross-posting (from ’Yachting SUCCEED - Jessica Watson’) in the interest of maintaining peace in that playground, even though I don’t believe that any one-sided conversation can be considered a worthwhile discussion.
What reason, other than to break a record
(that doesn’t even “officially” exist), can there be for her to go now
Her unshakable dream isn’t to sail round the world
(solo, not-stop, unassisted) - it’s to become the youngest to do so.
To me, that would be a frivolous accomplishment. A difficult exploit, to be sure; but, nonetheless a fruitless and trivial feat, bereft of any real meaning or valuable benefit, other than notoriety. That constitutes a “stunt”.
To risk a child’s life, in such a trivial pursuit, seems (to me) to be grossly irresponsible. It violates a parent’s first essential responsibility; which is to protect our child from mortal harm
. All other parental responsibilities are subservient to the imperative that we keep them (children) alive. Saying no isn’t necessarily “mean spirited”, and certainly doesn’t denote “bitterness”.
Even those who feel that a/this sixteen year old is essentially a young adult*, must ask themselves if the goal is worth the risk.
* Adulthood and maturity are not finite points on a line that one can achieve; but the more or less process of “becoming”.
I reiterate that I think that this particular goal (“youngest”) is trivial, and the risk substantial (mortal). I believe that generally sixteen year olds are on the cusp of adulthood, for many purposes - but not Jessica, for this purpose.
Others calculate the risk:benefit ratio differently, drawing inspiration from her attempt to become youngest, and might agree with her father’s belief that “it would be worse to deny his daughter permission to attempt the record than to lose her during the voyage”
➥ Jessica Watson's father says solo sailing dream is worth dying for - Telegraph
I respectfully disagree.
I also disagree with the characterization that my (admittedly negative) opinion suggests a mean-spirit, bitterness, or cynicism.