Re: Brave Maidens

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 23:22:46 -0700

> why are there a
> disproportionate number of altruistic acts (acts of bravery) done by young
> women.

Is the number really disproportionate? Or do the incidents stand out more
because of the person that performs the act?

Could brave acts by *any* person be the result of an attraction to the
adrenalin (or whatever) rush, the danger, the excitement? Years ago, I used
to do search and rescue work. We never knew the person we were looking for,
but we went after them anyway. I always got a "high" out of the experience,
especially when we were successful and brought the person out alive. The
more dangerous the terrain, the more exciting the rescue was, e.g., rock
climbing (a favorite pasttime) was far more exciting than flatland. Stomping
through snow and ice, nearly frozen, catching hypothermia, etc., always
made for a more memorable experience than walking through the woods on a
warm summer day looking for a lost person. The act of rescuing another person
when you know that you have a good chance of getting yourself killed in the
process can bring on a high that, in my opinion, can be as addicting as any
drug. Is it possible that a brave person is nothing more than a junkie?

Chuck Coker