He's writing about a world that is foreign to me in some ways, but very familiar in others. Our culture in America has become risk adverse to an extent that I sometimes feel like I've landed in a foreign country at 55 years old.
I'm taking paralegal classes in hopes of coming out of retirement and going back to work. I've already told some of my instructors that I'd rather stay retired than work for a plaintiff's attorney because I consider most of the civil cases I've seen to be frivolous or outright malicious. The judges and lawyers all talk about the plaintiff's right to have their day in court, while I argue that the defendant should have a right to NOT be in court unless they have done something wrong. I'm taking a class in tort law, and the teacher keeps harping on how you need to find some way to drag in someone with 'deep pockets'. If you can't, there won't be enough money to pay the law firm for their time. I see it as a corrupt system destroying the risk taking that allows society to excel in anything
, not just riding.
"I think, personally, we shouldn’t have to be worried about the threat of being sued so much
I think so too, but I can promise you the lawyers, who control the courts and often the legislature, will fight that tooth and nail.
From the perspective of riding...I don't jump. I do love using a forward seat, but I see a definite difference between the forward seat taught in the 30s & 40s and what I see on videos of jumping now. The teaching in the 30s & 40s was that a forward seat was used for ALL riding. It now seems folks use it for jumping and then settle back to a central balance between jumps - something Littauer railed against in the 50s. Maybe I'm wrong on that, being a total outsider to the world of jumping.
When I see pictures of kids jumping while sprawled out on their horses' necks, I think of Gen Patton and suspect we are missing the point of a forward seat:
And when I read case after case of someone being sued because someone else didn't bother to watch where they were walking and slipped thru stupidity, I think of these pictures...and suspect that the American legal system is feeding off of our country's future:
The lawyers would salivate at pictures like that in modern America...