Philosophic Approach

Jones had for years refused to take planes, and all arguments urging him to do so were made in vain. Finally, one friend said in exasperation, "Listen, why donīt you take a philosophic approach? Tell yourself that if your number isnīt up, then it isnīt up, and take the plane."

"Ah," said Jones, "and what difference would it make if my number wasnīt up, if the pilotīs number is up?"