> no soldier goes to war intending to die in battle. yet they gae the
> price for our freedom. likewise no races goes on the track intending to
> the track. but those who have died have given the ultimate price for our
It would be considerate if you would include the quoted text in your
replies, so that we can know precisely what you're referring to. I'm going
to assume that you're replying to my comments since I did write a reply
about Earnhardt not having sacrificed himself. If I'm incorrect in this
assumption, then you can ignore the following comments.
There is a huge difference between a soldier and a race driver. A soldier
does indeed go into the battle field with the knowledge that he may well
die. He assumes this risk with a willingness to die for things important to
him and to the nation he stands for. He may not want to die, but it's a
possibility he faces and he assumes that risk.
A race car driver also faces death in his career. He does so with far
different motivation though. His is a pursuit of the things that interest
him. That's a far cry from the sacrificial nature of what a soldier does.
To compare Earnhardt dying on a race track to that which a soldier does is
ridiculous in the least, and nearing the level of insulting to those who do
put themselves in harm's way in the interest of protecting others.
Earnhardt paid no "ultimate" price. There was no investment. He went out
and raced because he like to race. Just what was the noble cause within the
world of racing that Earnhardt died for? In what way did he or any other
driver who died on the track earn the words "those who have died have given
the ultimate price for our sport"? They did not give anything. Their
deaths were not willing acts on their part.
I liked watching Earnhardt and Orr and Bonnett and Fireball Roberts race, as
well as a host of other drivers. To elevate any of these guys by applying
heroic wording to their deaths though, is taking fan adoration to new