I was doing some thinking, and some writing, over the weekend and found – if not The Solution – a very good likelihood to explain just why it is those things can often go not quite the way we may have expected.
The Reason is not ‘God’, or ‘The Devil’, or because we are human and therefore fallible (although that at least is undeniably true) 🙂
The Reason is because even the extremely simple is actually capable of a surprising and unexpected number of ‘permutations’ (different outcomes) in the ‘everyday’ world we all understand and live in.
My writing over the weekend set a situation out that is the simplest possible that we humans can ever consider (of any significance to us) and shows the total possible number of different ‘outcomes’ of that situation.
So let me ask you: How many different outcomes do you think are possible if only two ‘things’ are involved in our real-time world?
It is not really necessary to define what those things are – they can be any two things (in fact there is really only one ‘thing’ as well as the absence or opposite of that one thing (thing + not thing) What is important is the number of ‘choices’ we have in our world of defining/arranging them.
So how many different ‘outcomes’ – from ‘two’ things?
Two? Three? Four?
The actual answer – quite astoundingly, i think – is Eighty-One!
I am happy to provide any doubters with the three page ‘proof’ of this (it’s long but only because i wrote it so that anyone can understand the situation and the maths involved – even people who are not ‘good’ with maths) or you can take my word for it, or prove it is so for yourself.
The point is – even the ‘simplest’ real-life situation i could think of has over 80 unique conformations and as time progresses second by second, the number of different permutations quickly becomes unimaginable.
That’s why, sometimes, what we may think of as very simple does not go the way we expected it too – we enormously under-estimate the possible outcomes.
I don’t believe God does this – just us imperfect humans.
Another ‘reason’ to Trust His ‘Judgement’ over our own.