I'd bet dollars to donuts that this was his plan all along.
How much would you be willing to bet?
I was on the fence, I'm not anymore. I made my mind up, as it seems many here have as well. It was probably a dead issue before it was even discussed (pro and con), and in the back of my mind I knew I wasn't ever going to consider soloing 'safe'. There were no compelling arguments that made sense in the risk worth the reward context, and then I started digging and it just became plain as day that the practice just didn't jive with me.
There's a lot of level headed self righteousness in this thread. I'd imagine that's the zen state one needs before that hold breaks, rock hits you from above, foot slips, etc and you plummet to your death, a messy pile of fool for someone else to be bothered with now.
There was a similar culture of sameness when discussing the holiest Preserve and its dealings, and the advocacy people seem to be having some good fun with the gunks.com conformity of singular uniqueness. Just keep passing the koolaid between you. It's the rest of "us" that are bent.
Rock climbing can be safe AND fun. There does not need to be a distinction between these words. They should be synonymous, but sadly are not in certain climbing circles. Bummer, dude.