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A Head for Adventure

People typically understand adventures as endeavors that are exciting precisely because they are so risky. This experience is so uncommon that people often must escape, or at least take a break from, their ordinary lives in order to achieve it. Characteristically, though, Georg Simmel reminds us that adventures are successful because they intensify, rather than renounce, the tensions of everyday life. "In the adventure," he observed, "the interweaving of activity and passivity which characterizes our life tightens these elements into a coexistence of conquest, which owes everything only to its own strength and presence of mind, and complete self-abandonment to the powers and accidents of the world, which can delight us, but in the same breath can also destroy us" (1971: 193). Anyone who has been in love or who has conducted ethnographic fieldwork knows these feelings. These experiences are intense not so much because they involve risks, but because of the way they can both require — and lead to — moments that simultaneously involve both conquest and surrender. But Simmel is not merely reflecting on a particular kind of experience. His adventurer is one of a number of social types he analyzed in order to show how people who travel — geographically and emotionally — outside the bounds of society are nevertheless driven by and illuminate social forces. The lovers who surrender themselves to their feelings; the anthropologist who leaves her home to immerse herself in the life of another society — all must recognize, sooner or later, that they are acting out a drama not entirely of their own making.

A Head for AdventureSteven RubensteinPeople typically understand adventures as endeavors that are exciting precisely because they are so risky. This experience is so uncommon that people often must escape, or at least take a break from, their ordin
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