Wilson, R. (1979). Analyzing the daily risks of life. Technology Review, 8(4), 40-46.
As humans, we take many risks each and every day. We take risks going through our morning routines, we take risk traveling to work or to school, and we take risks simply by living out our lives. There are chemicals in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. People would rather ignore the risks that they take every day by trying to eliminate the biggest risks they take. This leads to the need to compare which risks are greater than others, and even when that is determined and/or eliminated, there is still a risk of the other incident occurring. People have also attempted to tax risks and the people who create them such as cigarette manufacturers. While these people pay the taxes, it still doesn’t stop them from selling their products and continuing the risks. The author of this article argues that we make decisions about risks every day, as well as the people in our government who make larger decisions for us. Wilson believes that what people need to do is to assess the risks that we take and try our best to lessen those risks, even if they are not as apparent to us.
I believe in what Wilson was saying about society needing to consider the risks that we go through every day and that we need to do our best to reduce the risks. Not only will it benefit ourselves to reduce risks such as the chemicals added to foods or the pollution in the air, but it will benefit our friends, family, and the next generations. It is important to keep our Earth healthy, which will make the people who live in it healthy as well and allow us to live longer, happier lives.