Human beings are far from rational and perhaps particularly so when we think about things that scare us. Two conversations this week:
(1) A colleague tells of a couple he knew who fled a firestorm that ravaged a large section of the city. The husband and wife drove their own individual cars and got separated in the smoky night. One got lost and burned to death, the other made it out. My colleague said “If only they’d gone together, they would both have lived”. Well, maybe, unless they’d both gotten into the car that didn’t make it out of the blaze.
(2) Overheard on the plane: An older women tells a fellow passenger that her cousin once had a very powerful urge not to board a particular flight. She switched planes and her original flight crashed, killing everyone on board. Isn’t it wonderful how we can sense disaster and avoid it? Well, maybe, unless someone else had a similar urge and switched onto the flight that crashed; we will never know.