I think in a real fight, there is a certain thrill in knowing you are entering the chaos, and harnessing it to your own skill and your own luck. It’s the same for risky sports and play like skateboarding or say, climbing up the side of a building. Or riding a horse fast through the open country. You are always up against the risks, but you can organize things (through a variety of means) so that you are making it a calculated or manageable risk, which is something I came to love as a young man, and still do.
And this is what I was aiming for with Codex.