=x ≈Is the cat alive or dead?
In reality, there is no such thing as ‘random.’ It violates the laws of cause and effect. Something happened to make that something else happen. Sure, you can flip a coin, or make chaos, set up a situation where the outcome is extremely difficult to predict. Or you can play with random number generators. “Out of the blue,” you “didn’t see it coming.” And that requires an adequate connection for ‘it’ to appear on your radar.
Everyone has their independent connections in life, moving through, living free one way or another (or perceiving so), and those relationships in life transpire things that cannot be understood in a lifetime. (It’s technically impossible to know everything. (And I shouldn’t have to say that it’s okay that you can’t know everything.)) Ultimately, growth requires acceptance. Randomness and coincidence are just two in many abstract concepts accepted in popular culture for better or worse.
Something treated informally, such an abstract concept as randomness would fail if seriously tested. Your mind would start being able to predict outcomes immediately once involved. It’s due to a major, active function of the brain: pattern recognition. But being involved and open to ideas means that the person would have to enable their minds to see those patterns, and build underlying concepts.
Denial ends up promoting the concept of randomness, because once you dismiss variables altogether, you can simply give up and just say that the outcome is “impossible to predict.” It takes a disconnection to stay in the dark, understand less surrounding a happening and resort to believing in coincidences or dogma (extreme case), or shy away from it. It’s one thing to say, “that’s not for me,” it’s another to become ignorant and attach yourself to things that fail in the end.
It’s complicated— the things we so-called high-minded beings on planet Earth come up with. A basic concept to recognize, and another to misuse. There’s a scientific explanation for just about everything in existence, as well as your connections to those existences. Deep or shallow, far or close, those connections exist, and that is reason enough to get over the concept of coincidence. To know that it’s a myth, and that things happen in part because of the actions of general nature, as well as people, including you.
The optimist says there’s a future; so does the pessimist
And then there are those concepts and beliefs on the flip-side, such as destiny—that somehow the future is set in stone. Or that anything or everything could be predicted if involved enough (or religious enough, for those that go down the road of religion). It’s a loaded question; you, with your independent connections, alter your own future. In sickness and in health, you have a marriage with your timeline. You may set your future in stone, or fail miserably; all I know is that such a thing would be selfish.
On really knowing anything, I think it was Confucius (551-479 B.C.) that said: A man that speaks does not know; a man that does not speak knows. And with that, I’ll stop here.
So little written in a month. All plans, text, stuck-in-head, and I’m writing this “filler” instead. Whoops— may have steered someone the wrong way with that sentence. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or…this paragraph.