I wonder if I coud start a "dying is not the worst thing that could happen" movement.
I get tired of hearing about the TSA, or certain forms of cancer that will not likely kill one, or proposed safety measures for cars where no one knows how much it will cost compared to reduction of injury / accident.
It's not like I want to die or anything but I get tired of all the crap from all corners that imply it is the worst thing ever. And I firmly believe there are living circumstances which are worse than death. Taken to a logical conclusion, there are living circumstances I am forced into now that are worse than the probability of death (or accident / injury).
The mathematicians and statisticians understand expected value. If my chance of death is 1 in 100,000 I can value that as something like maybe $20M/100,000 (and that's an overestimate; my lifetime earnings are way less than $20M and I couldn't get equivalent loans to pay for anything like that amount of treatment). So that 1 in 100,000 chance is worth less than $200 to me (or almost anyone) to prevent.
The calculus is a little harder than that, but not much. We as humans are terrible at statistical analysis, preferring anecdotes. And there's mathematical wisdom in an ounce of prevention. But nevertheless, once I've overvalued my life like above that's already factored in, so all that's left is an accurate analysis of the odds of things happening and, for non-lethal ones, their cost or associated outcome.
Anyways, if you hear someone scream the next time someone proposes a change to car seat laws, or someone talking about breast cancer again, or prostate cancer, or the TSA, or cops, or due process, this is why.