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Dostoyevsky and “Comparative Risk Management”

My husband forwarded to me an article in the Economist, Feb. 28th edition titled “A Hazardous Comparison: Management of Danger.” The Economist author wrote about comparative risk management and the differences between western countries and Russia.  I was intrigued especially by the end of the article with a quote by Dostoyevsky.

“And as Mark Kirsh, a British lawyer in Moscow, points out, Russians are making a logical calculation when they rely more on friends than on state agencies or courts. Few Americans or west Europeans would trade their relatively risk-free existence for the tingling dice with death that can go with daily life in Russia. But many would endorse the insistence of the Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, on the sanctity of the right to incur danger: “What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that independence may cost and wherever it may lead.” Being reckless from time to time preserves what is “most precious and most important—that is, our personality, our individuality.”

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