Sunday, December 10, 2006

Football is...

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Football is a "game of inches."

So is life.

Did you ever count up the number of times you were "almost killed?

I psychiatrist I knew told me a of a young boy who was obsessed by death.

"What are you afraid of?" asked the psychiatrist.

"Being hit by lightning," said the boy.

"But that is a only a one in a million chance," said the psychiatrist.

"But one is a number," said the boy.

Wisely.

Add up all the chances of cancer, stroke, renal failure, liver damage, death by fire and flood, death by by lightning and they add up to:

100.0000%

Almost surely.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The frightened kid doesn't sound very wise to me. True, a one in a million chance of being hit by lighting is still a real chance. But, to become obsessed with what is an extremely unlikely probability isn't wisdom. It's an illness in itself.

We all die, that is a 100% probability for sure. But the kid's obsession doesn't illustrate a broader point about life and death. It just shows how destructive obsessive thoughts can be. They can keep you from living a rich and full life. There's a reason why the kid was at the psychiatrist, after all!!

December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The frightened kid doesn't sound very wise to me. True, a one in a million chance of being hit by lighting is still a real chance. But, to become obsessed with what is an extremely unlikely probability isn't wisdom. It's an illness in itself.

We all die, that is a 100% probability for sure. But the kid's obsession doesn't illustrate a broader point about life and death. It just shows how destructive obsessive thoughts can be. They can keep you from living a rich and full life. There's a reason why the kid was at the psychiatrist, after all!!

December 10, 2006  

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