Addiction to prolonging life, therefore, often reflects an unhealthy theology or a form of nihilism. Uploading our consciousness to digital form, as Ray Kurtzweil’s singularity project proposes, along with other less ambitious moves toward transhumanism represent forms of secular religion that think human-concocted technology is our best and only hope for a kind of salvation.
From this vantage point, perhaps riding a motorcycle expresses a confidence in a different philosophy of life. To be sure, there are several reasons why a person ought not ride a motorcycle regularly. For instance, Virtue in the Wasteland podcast co-host, Dr. Dan van Voorhis has admitted on the show that his “cage” driving is precarious enough on its own (though he’s never been in an accident); thus, getting on a vehicle that lacks seatbelts, a roof, and airbags is a foolhardy endeavor for him (perhaps, but I'm still scheming). More on this in a moment. For now, note that while attention to safety and responsible riding make motorcycling a much safer pastime than many assume, riding without any real barrier between your body and a Ford F150, a random deer, or the very pavement beneath you is of course a risky endeavor.
Perhaps to set the proper assumptions about all this, we might look to Aristotle’s definition of virtue: it is the equidistant point between excess and defect. Thus, the virtue of courage (what a motorcyclist needs) is the midpoint between recklessness and cowardice. Is it possible for a virtuous person to ride motorcycles, therefore? Yes and no. It depends on ones various vocations, station in life, abilities, and preferences. We all take calculated risks, every day. The question is only whether these risks are worth it, and whether these risks disproportionally affect those around us. For this essay, allow me to enumerate 5 reasons not to ride a bike, 5 reasons one should ride a bike, and 5 things for a person to consider when a loved one suggests they would like to ride a motorcycle.