The man at the bottom of the hole heard someone coming. He shouted, “Hey! I’m stuck in the bottom of this hole. Can you help me out?” The man walking by stopped, looked in the hole and said, “Sir, I’m sorry for your misfortune. But it would be irresponsible for me to help. See, I’m an Investment Banker. I could afford to buy a rope, a ladder, even a crane. But what’s to keep you from walking down another street and falling into another hole? You’re too risky an investment.” And the banker walked on.
Now the man at the bottom of the hole was frustrated and mad. He heard someone else approaching. She sounded like she was in a hurry, but she stopped when she heard his cries. “Hey!” He shouted, “I’m stuck in the bottom of this hole. Can you help me out?” The woman stopped, looked at her watch, then down in the hole. She was carrying a Bible. Anxious and clearly frustrated by the interruption she looks at the man, “I’m late for a very important Bible study. Besides, I don’t have the strength or the stuff to get you out. I’ll tell you what, I’ll ask the people in my Bible Study to pray for you.” She smiled, pleased wither herself. Winked, waved and ran along.
Now the man at the bottom of the hole was really angry. That’s when he saw his friend peak over the edge of the hole. “What are you doing down there?” The friend asked. “I don’t know. I was walking along, stumbled and fell in this hole. Can you get me out?” Said the man in the bottom of the hole.
The friend looked thoughtful. Stepped back. And jumped into the hole!
Now the man at the bottom of the hole is livid. “ARE YOU STUPID!?” He shouted. “Now we’re both stuck in the bottom of this hole.”
The friend calmly looked the man in the eyes, “You don’t understand. I’ve been in this hole before, and I know the way out.”