When looking for what to write a post about, I began searching the news for a current event to relate to one of our political theorists. I found a site to the Perris, California news, which talked about a skydiving accident that occurred just yesterday afternoon.
Two skydiving instructors, Chris Stasky and Patrick McGowan, were killed after they collided midair and then fell somewhere between two hundred to three hundred feet.
This was their 6th skydiving adventure just of that day. These men were profession sky divers and were in the middle of conducting a military training session before they collided.
As I was reading this article, Mill’s ideals of experiments of living and the betterment of society came to my mind. I wondered what he would think of these two men and if he would think their actions benefited society without them being nuisances.
I believe Mill would have thought these two men played an active role in experiments of living. Although it lead to the lose of their lives, they skydived multiple times a day and taught others how to successfully skydive. These men lived on the edge and through this I feel they helped better society or at least through Mill’s perspective. They did not harm others by skydiving and therefore were not nuisances. They only harmed themselves, which taught the rest of society, in this case, what not to do in order to skydive and remain living. Mill would take these two men as great examples of bettering society through experiments of living.