Lewis Pugh frightens us a little. We would never attempt the swims he has done, and we're glad there hasn't been some surge in the population to follow in his strokes. He describes swimming at the and high on Everest (without, mind you, a wetsuit?)

Glad to see that someone has done it because that's a lovely human achievement, but we wonder if the humility he developed for his final swim could have been acquired through some other ?

Never mind us for seeming critical of Mr. Pugh. Truly, at we aren't. It's that humility that we like most about this TEDTalk, and perhaps we're compensating for being a little desensitized to incredible human feats? Shocker sell papers.

Image: “Baigneur s'apprêtant à plonger” by Gustave Caillebotte, 1878 via Wikimedia Commons