Everything happens for a reason.
It’s a phrase that’s said on a regular basis. As human beings, we like to understand and see patterns – to comprehend. Of course, we have numerous studies to help us with that. We have numerous languages in the world, and the ‘humanities’ subjects taught us about different religions (Religious Studies), the past (History) and the world we live in (Geography). But sometimes, things happen and we don’t know why. It may happen with or without our input, but either way, we say it happens for a reason. In order to comprehend the phenomena, we call it ‘fate’ and – depending on the outcome – we consider it good luck or bad luck. Whilst I think ‘fate’ is very much a real concept, I believe luck is nothing more than a belief system – designed to preserve our self-esteem.
The idea for this post came to me during a discussion with two fellow bloggers (The Nerdy Me and Kirsty Talks), and it reminded me a lot of a Derren Brown show I saw as part of his series, The Experiments. In The Secret of Luck, a rural town is made to believe that a statue of a dog is ‘good luck’. Of course, the dog isn’t ‘lucky’ at all, but by believing it and visiting the statue, people went on to achieve positive outcomes. Since watching the show, this idea of luck has been something I’ve believed in. I should also stress: if you believe in luck, then that is completely your decision. After all, it is a concept you believe in and I respect that. These are just my thoughts…
Perhaps the best way to demonstrate my stance on the issue is with an example. First of all, I’ll take the scenario of a bird defecating on someone’s head – as the title of this post humorously mentions.
Whilst the fact that this bird, at that specific moment, chose to do its business on a certain individual’s head is unexplained (fate), that person cannot then say that it is luck. First of all, our interpretation of luck comes from our own actions. If I found that repeating a certain action led to a positive or negative consequence, then I would either continue or stop doing that action. In the case of the bird poo, it’s either that the individual desperately searches for an example where someone has benefited from having bird faeces on them, or – more likely – they consider it good luck because we need cheering up. Bless them.
Therefore, I think luck is there solely to protect our self-esteem. After all, we like to feel happy (who doesn’t?) and so we do anything to protect that. This is why I stressed earlier that if you believe in luck, that’s OK. It’s whatever makes you happy, after all.
Do you believe in luck? Does everything happen for a reason? Comment below!