People are capable of much more than they often think, but instead of bringing attention to strength and resiliency, our society increasingly panders to weakness and crushes people with never-ending campaigns of fear. Life is inherently risky. After all, in the physical sense, we’re either alive or we’re dead, so being alive carries with it the possibility of the opposite. Due to increases in wealth and technology, we have become very effective at keeping people safe and extending lifespans, and that is a great thing. However, there is a point at which society shifts from a proactive focus on life, to a completely debilitating fear of death that begins to wipe out what makes life worth living in the first place. And in the past year and a half, we have clearly crossed over into that extreme. COVID is certainly real, and it has exacted a serious toll. However, it also didn’t turn out to be the horrific killer that was initially feared. Further, people have now had more than enough time to consider the measures they can freely take to reduce risk if they so choose, like avoiding certain gatherings, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, and so on.