There is a plane with five passengers on board: Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin, and a 10-year-old schoolboy. They look out the windows and see both engines are on fire. Then there is a crash in the cockpit. Pope Francis who is sitting in the first seat goes to check on the pilot. He finds the cockpit empty, an open window and four parachutes on the floor.
The Pope returns to the passenger area and reports what he has seen. He is dragging the four parachutes behind him. The Pope is grim-faced.
He says, “There are only four parachutes,” as he drags the pile over toward the schoolboy. “This boy’s life has barely started he must have one.”
Trump leaps up and says, “I need one, too! I’m the smartest man in the world and vital to make America great again.” He takes one of the chutes at the schoolboy’s feet and out the door, he goes.
Vlad grabs a parachute and says, “I taught him everything he knows,” gesturing to the exiting Trump, “He needs me!”
He follows Trump out the door.
Xi announces, “I saved China from the coronavirus, and the world needs my help!”
He also takes one and jumps.
The Pope says, “Son, the church has many sins to pay for especially when it comes to schoolboys. I must do penance for the Catholic Church. You must take the last parachute and jump before it is too late. ”
The 10-year-old replies, “Don’t worry Holy Father, there are TWO parachutes left. The smartest man in the world took my school bag.”
Pope Francis is momentarily wide-eyed, then he starts laughing.
“Thank you sweet Jesus!”, exclaims the Pope as he crosses himself.
The two grab the last two parachutes and leap to safety.
The moral of the story is-Don’t be too smart for your own good.