Unfortunately, it's policy. Policy
is that which must be unfair
in this case, in order to be fair
to all the others who have previously
received the brunt
of its unfairness. Life
has so much of this, so much
mass in motion, swinging downward
that realistically, it could crush
any of us from directions unforeseen,
However, it's always been this way. All
our lives it's been this way, to say
nothing of all previous peoples' lives. Why
do people need the illusion of control?
Most people are not summarily crushed.
Even if they do spend their lives living
within the zone of their illusion of control.
Whenever that illusion shorts out, typically
temporarily, it's suddenly panic city
for some reason!
Realization that a person lives almost
completely at the mercy of uncontrolled
events ought not to be cause for panic.
I prefer the illusion of insignificance,
myself. A bit of proportion. Having not
control, still I am one of seven billion
moving targets - all of whom are pretty
well engineered to not only survive
but thrive in an environment
we don't and mostly can't control.
Statistically speaking, almost all
of us are going to keep surging
forward for a good, long time (by
our reckoning). My life
isn't in greater danger
just because it's more important to me,
I'm not sure
what all of that's in aid of. Just thoughts.
The seeming random nature of the incident,
the uncontrollable nature of events it touched off,
the seeming security of the position just prior
- it's one of those weird wake-up calls,
that people get