Do you have a need for speed? Is fighting in Mixed Martial Arts moral? Is engaging in a risky sport morally problematic? Patrick navigates through this ethical question and provide some insights into assessing the risks and purposes of engaging in such activities.
His perspective is that engaging in a sport like mixed martial arts is not inherently immoral as long as it is pursued for the sake of sport, without undue risks to one’s health. He emphasizes that if a sport poses a significant risk of physical harm, it can raise moral concerns.
Patrick refers to the Fifth Commandment, “thou shalt not kill,” and suggests that this commandment should be considered when evaluating activities that could cause unnecessary harm to the body. He differentiates between defending oneself or others in a situation where harm may be inevitable and participating in extreme sports solely for thrills, which he views as potentially sinful if there is no compelling reason for the risk involved.
Patrick also raises the importance of assessing the purpose behind participating in a sport and questions whether it is worth potentially causing serious harm to oneself or others. He advises considering the moral principles of the church when evaluating such activities.
Patrick concludes that participating in mixed martial arts or similar sports are nothing to be concerned about if the risks are reasonably low and justifiable, but he expresses caution about sports that have a high likelihood of causing significant harm, bringing up the example of Muhammad Ali’s health deterioration due to repeated head injuries in boxing.