Is there a higher force looking after us? (A skeptic confronts his extraordinary good luck)
In a recent post I shared my view, consisted with Tao philosophy, that there is no inherent meaning in the universe. Things don’t happen for a reason. Things happen. “Life Is.” It is humans who add meanings to things.
As you know I am not someone who reacts to every little mishap by wondering “what is upstairs trying to tell me?” I don’t believe that there is an upstairs (or anything outside of self or Beingness) but that’s another story for another day.
My story for today is this: Evette and I woke up to the news about the Japanese quake, and our first thought was “Gosh, we were meant to be teaching a seminar in Japan today!”
Sometimes, even a committed skeptic like me starts to wonder, (a) how lucky we are and (b) is there someone up there looking out for me?
[The answers are:
(a) yes! We are responsible for our own luck; and
(b) someone up there likes me and it’s probably Me (*). * Footnote: that’s a Terry Pratchett joke borrowed from his immortal classic, Small Gods.]
Why we aren’t in Japan
So here’s the funny story. We were promoting a course in Japan, we had a translator and promoter who translated our website and videos into Japanese, we had a great magazine ad, we connected with lots of people. And no-one booked. (well 3 people to be precise.) We couldn’t figure out what went wrong. It got to the early bird deadline and we had no choice but to cancel the course and refund people.
And then we found out – the booking page on the Japanese website had a mistake, and people’s bookings and payments were going to the wrong email address! Several people contacted us after we canceled the course. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing how many other people tried to book.
Of course I was pretty upset about the cancellation and the fact that such as small and stupid thing – a typo in an email address – could lead to the cancellation of a course we had been promoting for months.
It’s at those times that you start to ask the question “Why?” What is the meaning of these things? Why did this happen to us?
And then the day before I was meant to be in Japan, a massive earthquake strikes, the 5th largest in recorded history, causing massive chaos and upheaval.
It’s only natural that Evette and I should start to think “no wonder we weren’t meant to be in Japan right now. No wonder the bookings went wrong etc.”
I have been thinking about this all morning and I have some strong opinions on the topic of why things happen. I’ll share them with you tomorrow.
But first I’d really like to hear from you, dear reader. What do you think?
Is there an inherent reason for why things happen? Was I just lucky or was there a “higher power” guiding us to safety? What are your spiritual / metaphysical views on the subject?
Looking forward to your comments.
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