Muse30 Prompt #10
“The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.”
Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
Risk might take you in a number of directions. The idea of taking a risk, a risk taken that you regret, staying the safe course, taking a foolish risk, drawing the Fool card in the tarot, risk avoidance, fears, adventures. Playing the odds, slot machines, risk-reward ratios, risk-on, risk-off, high risk portfolios. Riding a roller coaster at your own risk.
Or the board game of Risk, where one attempts to take over spots like Kamchatka and Greenland in a world of tiny wooden blocks. A grid of patterns from those little blocks. 3-dimensional dice.
Per The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
In non-regimented usage, “risk” and “uncertainty” differ along the subjective—objective dimension. Whereas “uncertainty” seems to belong to the subjective realm, “risk” has a strong objective component. If a person does not know whether or not the grass snake is poisonous, then she is in a state of uncertainty with respect to its ability to poison her. However, since this species has no poison there is no risk to be poisoned by it. The relationship between the two concepts “risk” and “uncertainty” seems to be in part analogous to that between “truth” and “belief”.
As with the other prompts in this series, you can use the imagery as part of your prompt, if you wish. Interpret literally, figuratively, other-worldly, etc. Go to the Muse30 Index to see the full series.