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The Creed of Serendipity

From: Nathan Callahan
Series: The SoCal Byte
Length: 04:16

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In Praise of Random Events

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I believe in an accidental god —one who appears by chance, makes heaven and earth, and all that is, seen and unseen, and then says, “Oops, what I have I done?”  I believe in chance, the only son of accidents, eternally begotten of happenstance, contained in everything, of one being with randomness.  A well-laid plan is all well and good, but serendipity, more often than not, determines the score.   For our advancement (or salvation) we provide intent.  It’s the only way to prepare ourselves for the random occurrences that dominate our lives. 

 

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I believe in an accidental god —one who appears by chance, makes heaven and earth, and all that is, seen and unseen, and then says, “Oops, what I have I done?”  I believe in chance, the only son of accidents, eternally begotten of happenstance, contained in everything, of one being with randomness.  A well-laid plan is all well and good, but serendipity, more often than not, determines the score.   For our advancement (or salvation) we provide intent.  It’s the only way to prepare ourselves for the random occurrences that dominate our lives. 

 

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The Creed of Serendipity
In Praise of Random Events

I believe in an accidental god —one who appears by chance, makes heaven and earth, and all that is, seen and unseen, and then says, “Oops, what I have I done?”

I believe in chance, the only son of accidents, eternally begotten of happenstance, contained in everything, of one being with randomness.

A well-laid plan is all well and good, but serendipity, more often than not, determines the score. For our advancement (or salvation) we provide intent. It’s the only way to prepare ourselves for the random occurrences that dominate our lives. You didn’t expect that to happen — did you?

People who are fortunate enough to have chance go their way like to think of themselves as the gifted ones — as if only their effort provided the good fortune. But an accidental god knows that the gifted ones were hit upside by chance. Just like h...
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