Helmets are safety devices.  In case you hit your head, right?

Seatbelts are safety devices.  In case you crash your vehicle.

But parachutes…  those are safety devices up until the point they become the reason you’re up in the plane.  I mean, if you’re an air force test pilot- your parachute is a safety device.  But if you’re a skydiver, isn’t it your vehicle? It’s your tool, your equipment… it’s your ride.

Parachutes are interesting.