It is simply too complicated. We have our analytical, rational left brains that can do multivariable calculus and build regression models and do everything we can to associate cause with effect, and we have our right minds that are creative, intuitive, and see the big picture. Sometimes between the two of them, we get a good glimpse, but we will never be able to really forecast the results of our actions. The wonderful or terrible human ability to see things in time, to have a past present and future which has caused us to be the lords of the earth (good stewards, maybe not so much), has also caused us to lose touch with the eternal. All the science in the world can’t explain beauty, good, evil, love, etc even though we can look at the physical traces they leave. We are constantly trying to deduce how life works the way archeologists use really old garbage bins to figure out what people’s lives were like long ago. From our limited information, there is only so much we can know.
Far more difficult than the information (soon data analytics will be able to predict all kinds of behavior and patterns given the ubiquitous Information Age), is mking meaning of it, and knowing how to interpret it. How do we know what we know? You could spend a lifetime trying to answer this question, and all the logic in the world couldn’t give you a straight answer. For all we know, we are Hoos in Hooville riding on a speck of dust. Maybe God is Horton. Who knows? We don’t.
While we always have to be trying to improve ourselves and our understanding of this magnificent, beautiful world we live in, our fellow creatures who inhabit it, and ourselves, there is just more out there than we can handle. Although the truth is out there somewhere, and our brains are amazing super computers crunching data like no body’s business, we can’t always know it. We will never, like laboratory rats, figure out how to make sure we always get our sugar water if we just press the right button. Of course we as humans like to think we can (see: any addiction), but like Job in the Bible, the ways of the Lord are mysterious. You can work hard, play fair, and be extremely talented, and even when catastrophe doesn’t stop you in your tracks, your efforts can be unsuccessful. Very hard for us Americans and Anglo-Saxon Protestant work ethicy people to accept, but true. So let’s just chill, sing some Kumbaya, and wonder. That’s what makes life cool anyway, right? Do you really want to live in a mechanical universe where it’s just a matter of flicking the switch, learning theSecret, or how to lose ten pounds in ten days? No, chillax folks.
We know things aren’t totally logical or rational (see the end of Newtonian physics with the whole e=mc^2 thing showing the relativity of space and time). But that doesn’t mean life is bad or unfair- your call- and all we can really do is make the best of each moment. That is all the power and control we really have? And if you learn to do it well, it’s enough. Little less than gods we are, but we can live a satisfactory life without achieving all our goas and getting everything we want, though it is right and just to want and pursue them, if they be noble goals. So hile you are off chasing dreams, think about how the little things make them come true. Believe in miracles, and you will surely find them everywhere. After all,
There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.
That means admitting things aren’t entirely within your control or comprehension, but you know what? It’s ok to be human.