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Avoid unnecessary risks seems like a wise suggestion, but how can you identify a risk before it becomes risky? In that post the conclusion was, If you think you are about to do something stupid, you certainly are, so don’t. An obvious need is to always have a way to back out safely if an unexpected problem arises. There is an upgrade to the usual physical response to threat of fight, flight, freeze, that gives reasons for a choice of action. When a fighting situation arises that you can not quietly walk away from, fight if you can win, but if you can not win then seek a defensive place that is hard to attack; if that place isn’t available run away as fast as possible; if you can’t run away, surrender to the potential aggressor and be his ally; if you can’t do any of these things prepare to die. Of course all of that can be avoided if you can see into the future far enough to be somewhere else when potential trouble may arise.

Nearly all risks can be avoided with forethought, by thinking through the probable outcome of what is typically happening in the kinds of situations in play, and being somewhere else. Perhaps the best forethought relative to other people is a flip of the above suggestion:

If you think someone is about to do something stupid, quietly move to where you can’t become involved.  

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