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Re: [RC] Helmets . . . Again - Joe Long

On Wed, 22 Feb 2006 22:45:00 -0700, Lif Strand <lif@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'd rather die quickly from a blow to the head after falling off a 
horse than slowly of illness or general decrepidness.  That said, I 
realize not everyone who hits the ground head first dies 
quickly.  Nevertheless, I'm a stubborn person and I don't wear a helmet.

For all the great stories I've read about lives being saved by 
wearing helmets, I have to point out that much of what passes for 
civilization these days came about through a lot of horse riding, and 
if so many people really died from falling off and hitting their 
heads, I'd have to wonder how our ancestors survived to get us to the 
age of motorized vehicles.  Hey, it's just one person's opinion, OK?

Actually, a lot of them didn't.  Mortality rates were much higher and lifespancs
much shorter in times past.  Oh, you can add me to the list of people who
probably wouldn't still be here if I hadn't worn a helmet when riding.

Your reaction is similar to people who still smoke, knowing what it does to them
(and they have stories about how Uncle Ned lived to be 100 smoking every day).
The ability of the human mind to rationalize what it WANTS to do is amazing.

Never fear, I support your right to not wear a helmet.  It's your brain, not


Joe Long


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[RC] Helmets . . . Again, Peggy B-Smith
Re: [RC] Helmets . . . Again, Barbara McCrary
Re: [RC] Helmets . . . Again, Lif Strand