I’m a lucky man.
I’m lucky because I have several really close friends whom I can depend on to tell me when I’m doing Something Stupid, or just my everyday normal Chris, You’re Being An Asshole kind of stuff.
But I realize that a lot of people aren’t lucky like I am. A lot of people don’t have friends who will tell them that despite what they think, telling the large man with biceps the size of a child that his shirt is terrible is actually not a good idea.
One of these unlucky souls was this priest in Brazil.
The story goes, because I know you’re too damn lazy to click on that link, that the priest attached hundreds of balloons to a chair and floated away in order to raise money for a good cause.
I’m not going to get into the fact that the cause was to build a church for truckers, because that’s an entire other post for another day.
As you can guess, this Brilliant Idea did not end well.
The priest’s body was found a day later in a river.
This guy had no close friends.
There is no way he could have, because one of them would have told him that maybe, just maybe, floating away attached to hundreds of balloons was not the best idea.
He had no Jimmy to explain, “Why not a bake sale? They’re pretty fun, and people love chocolate! Why don’t we do that? You know, instead of your suicide mission?”
There was no one to stop him. Not even people who barely knew the dude.
I can’t imagine the priest presenting the idea, “So yes, I just float away!” and no one shaking the shit out of him and telling him that it was fucking stupid.
I can imagine that once the guy got a couple hundred feet in the air, he might have started to have some regrets. Perhaps starting with his apparent love for truckers.
But this is what happens when people lack Good Friends.
They do Stupid Things and no one tells them, “Hey dude, I think you might die if you do that.”
Now all those truckers will just have to pray in their trucks, and really, that’s the saddest part of this story.