Speculatively Possible

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I’ve always loved it when people worry about something that had no chance of happening.

Example:

“Oh my gosh! If we would have gone a bit further we would have been stampeded by that flock of wild guinea pigs!!”

Or:

“Did you see that goat? That thing was mad! It could have run over here and eaten the top right off of our convertible!”

Well, perhaps those aren’t quite right. (I think that a group of guinea pigs would actually be a herd.) But, anyway, back to point. The lamentations of those worry prone peoples upon the formerly possible events that could have occurred. I always thought it was rather pointless to stress out about some things. I mean, if you narrowly miss getting run over by a bus, then yes, thank God and hope life doesn’t throw an instant replay at you for a second try. Now, if something is considered possible, it’s considered able to happen. If something didn’t happen, it wasn’t possible. So don’t stress out the next time you’re walking in the park and see a telephone pole fall right in front of your face. It might have been possible, at one time, for you to have been standing right where that pole fell. But you know what? It didn’t fall on you, and the event has occurred. Therefore, death by telephone pole was not on your roster for the day. It wasn’t even possible before it happened, because we now know how it turned out. As for a real world application:

The next time someone asks you:

“Do you think you Anakin could have stayed good, and not turned to the dark side?”

You can say:

“Nope, that’s impossible.”

Cheers!
~XK

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3 thoughts on “Speculatively Possible

    nothingprofound said:
    24 May , 2011 at 09:42

    If nothing is wrong in your life, you can always worry. You can worry about bad decisions you made in the past, or terrible things that might happen in the future. This kind of thinking may not make you happy, but it will certainly add drama to your life.

    AJ said:
    24 May , 2011 at 10:03

    I totally get it…I say it all the time myself, my boss tells me how I could be working harder sometimes hahaha

    xanthuskidd responded:
    24 May , 2011 at 10:38

    @NP: That’s true, there’s always some way to make your life interesting.

    @AJ: Haha, glad you can relate.

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