THE RECKLESS − James Bond (? – immortal, it seems) is the stereotype of an MI6 00 agent. Yet Bond is a highly unique individual. He appears to be of sound mind and strong spirit, but can sometimes demonstrate a detached and even cruel streak. He is highly intelligent, exceedingly cunning, and diabolically independent. He is also extremely sensible, calm, mature and sly.
His primary skill is that of keeping going; he endures, despite being wounded, outnumbered, outgunned, surrounded, and even showing occasionally that he can be afraid.”
“Is life worth living? Can someone answer that for me? I’m afraid that my sentiments regarding life and death are a bit perverted. I might be a sadist, sort of. I mean I am a nice guy, but can behave like a sadist at times. But only in retaliation to others acting up like criminal scum. My recklessness is covered by MI6, my employer. In the end, however, I admit to living for my own sake. I care little about you.”
Of course, we all know Bond is a mythic literary and movie character. He appeals as he has developed the endurance of the body through physical exercise in the Navy. Ordinary people use gyms for that.
What about the mind? Conditioning the mind for endurance is also a learned skill, through practice. Putting oneself in situations where one needs to have patience, problem-solving abilities, and even a little luck can build those mental conditioning skills as well. The acceptance of a little bit of recklessness in one’s life is then perhaps not a vice but can be a character-building virtue.
But it seems that the demonstration of excessive recklessness is more of an indicator of a disbelieve that life is worth living. Someone better talks to Bond and the many others who, for various reasons, wonder if life is worth living.
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