Over at the Washington Monthly Mark Kleiman plugs the virtues of a new organization called Shatterproof that he thinks offers a promising way of helping people overcome alcohol and other drug addictions. That’s fine. What bothers me is this:
As a fundraiser, Shatterproof is organizing a group of us to rappel from the Westin in Pasadena a week from Wednesday. If you’re one of the countless people who would love to see me break my neck, you now have a chance to contribute to the cause. Of course, it’s entirely possible that I will get to the bottom in one piece, but that’s just the risk you take.
What is the point in taking such a risk even for a good cause? I personally do not want to encourage unnecessary risky behavior and am less likely to contribute to an organization that puts people at risk, however worthy the cause. Are there people who will contribute money just because someone is risking death or serious injury?