rational individuals to make an appropriate judgment of whether they wish to participate or not.

What can be done for the individuals at risk? Are there a group of people who are pathological optimists? We read of soldiers going to war who, knowing that people are being mowed down in hundreds, are sure that they will be the ones to survive. Rothchild, the Chairman of the recent Royal Commission on Gambling in a lecture on BBC Television commented on how little the man in the street understood risks and risk taking.

The answer is not to adopt a paternalistic role and allow Government, the Church, or some other body to take over and rule our lives and prevent us taking the risks we wish. There is no simple solution to the problem, and three Royal Commissions have demonstrated that it is not by legislation that people are protected from themselves. The solution lies in the field of education and not with legislation.


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