Climbing the World’s Second Tallest Building

In this terrifying video, Russian daredevils film their ascent with no ropes or safety net. Why?

Don’t watch this video if you’re afraid of heights. It will make your heart race. It also raises a number of questions: Why do people take such great risks? Is there a less risky alternative to getting this adrenalin rush? Is there a positive side to conquering fear? Can we tap into the power of life without having to live on the edge? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Comments (13)

(12) Mati, February 20, 2014 6:09 AM

Too many negative people in the world

If everyone had the attitude of these negative people, humans could not achieve what they did like moonwalk (in all meanings), medical research (for the [seemingly] impossible goals), becoming presidents of major countries (when it appears "there is no way"), etc. I am going to wager that the negative people here have not been past their own country's limits or have not been outside thier job limitations (rather than career potential), or sport/hobby dreams, etc., or have explored anything wild and different but have only stayed in their comfortable safety nest.

(11) Anonymous, February 19, 2014 3:55 PM

crazy but cool

these guys are not jewish , let them feel pride in what they did. If thats what they enjoy , then whatever... I think its pretty awesome. Dear Batya, We shouldnt belittle someone else's achievements just because they aren't in line with our ideologies. Its like saying that everyones elses lives are a complete waste except for mine. You don't know they could be inspiring people to oevrcome their fears and achieve their own dream!

(10) Anonymous, February 19, 2014 3:45 AM

Lets face it.
We all need to get on a "high" so to speak in life. It could be playing basketball or going to party's or what ever it is that gets who on a "high". But the reality is that we need it. Why? God created us with a soul, and that soul needs to be nourished, just like our body's needs nourishment. But the problem is-how do we nourish it? That is where this video comes in. You see when people are lacking in receiving there "soul food" they go looking for other sources of entertainment in order to "fill in that gap" and here it was climbing up that scary tower.
What do we take out of all of this? I would like to suggest that we focus on davening (prayer). Because the essence of prayer especially in the Shemone Esray (the nineteen blessings that compose an important part of the prayer service) is to actually connect to God. Now it is taught that during prayer one must work on understanding what they are saying in fact it's integral. However there is another not so known aspect to the prayer service which sounds quite simple. That is talking to God. Now it really is harder than you think and I will tell you why. Since we don't actually see God therefore it is very hard to talk to an entity that you can't see. It's like having a one way conversation with an invisible person, plus it is in a different language other than your mother tongue! So the key is to really act as if there is an ear right by your lips listening to you and tell yourself, that I'm not going to just mumble the words like I am used to doing, but rather I will say the words and as I say them, understand what they mean and direct the meaning of those words to God who is there listening to me talk to him.
If this is taken seriously and done properly I guarantee you that you will start to feel a real connection to God. That will change your life and help you slowly but surely to get your "high" that you need for your soul.
Good luck.

(9) Anonymous, February 19, 2014 3:45 AM

How did they get down????

Why risk your life to feel alive?

(8) socorro samperio, February 19, 2014 2:15 AM

crazy !!!

It reminds me Babel, all those people trying to conquer something, whatever that is, without G-od, and not having care of the own life, must be really nuts, poor people, I agree theyr are empty.

(7) Brahm Zuckerman, February 18, 2014 10:52 PM

Those 2 guys are nuts.

I almost fell out of my chair watching this. And yes, I am afraid of heights. Those 2 guys will never get old. One slip and it's all over. I would never take a risk like that. They would be taking less of a risk doing hard drugs to get high.

(6) Batya, February 18, 2014 10:01 PM

Why would anyone do this?

Without safety gear? What is so important about climbing a tower? It is not for a job, it is not for other people's safety needs. It is a gratuitous desire fulfilled. I'm not sure that climbing Everest or ultra-deep diving are any more kosher than climbing this tower. It's all in vain.

A life is more precious than "fame", "notoriety", or "personal best". We are given the gift of life to safeguard it and use it for good. There is no inherent value in the action of these guys. They are going to prompt others to do irresponsible acts, too.

Sheesh. What a waste.

(5) Daniel Levi-Gomez, February 18, 2014 8:01 PM


I think that they are nuts.

(4) Anonymous, February 18, 2014 6:47 PM

Where are the parents?

This is spiritual emptiness, and actually really sad. People embedded in a loving family or community would not gamble with Hashem's most precious gifts (i.e their lives) in return for a bit of attention.

(3) Anonymous, February 18, 2014 5:07 PM

I'm not afraid of heights and my heart was racing. I think I BECAME afraid of heights from this. I'm not making it up when say that I can still feel the fear in my feet. Lunatics.

Anonymous, February 19, 2014 5:37 AM

Me too

I also did not think I was afraid of hights but my heart was pouding the whole time. Scary!

(2) Alan S., February 17, 2014 11:38 AM

Yes, these people are great risk takers. Are they very different from the people that climb Mt. Everest or Mt. Kiliminjaro?

(1) LarryB, February 16, 2014 9:19 AM

Where's the risk?

Did you notice the light bulb at the top of the tower? I would assume it has to be changed once in a while. Plus, there is a walkway all the way to the top. Daredevil, really?


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