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WTH Part One: Chapter 3: March 15, 1984 2/19 (11%) Trapeze defying stunts Margaret regulated
– The Way Toward Health
– Part One: Dilemmas
– Chapter 3: Daredevils, Death-Defiers, and Health.
– March 15, 1984 4:06 P.M. Thursday

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Individuals who defy death time and time again are actually more frightened of it than most other people are. Trapeze performers, stunt men and women, race-car riders, and many other groups have a life-style that includes death-defying stunts on a very regular basis.

Trapeze performers may have several acts a day, for example. It seems that such individuals perform with great daring, even with a rashness that is unfamiliar to most people. Most such performers, however, are extremely regulated. They work with a carefully calculated eye, under conditions in which each detail, however minute, is of supreme importance. No matter how often certain trapeze acts may be repeated, for example, there is always the threat of instant disaster — of missed footing, a final plunge. Through testing “fate,” death-defiers try each time they perform to prove to themselves that they are indeed safe, that they can overcome life’s most dire conditions. Period.

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