On Coincidence

This is a story about coincidence.

As always a devoted fan of American superheroes, Werther Armand would imagine himself in Ironman’s suit or Batman’s helicopter to save the beautiful but vulnerable heroines, got acclaim from the public, holding Scarlett Johansson’s waist on one arm and Rachel McAdams’ shoulder on the other. He wanted to enjoy the fortune of a billionaire; suffer the depression and loneliness of being invincible. Contradictory though it seemed, he just wanted to be cool like them. Having such a bizarre dream in mind, he trained himself like Bruce Wayne; he applied for military bio-technology experiment like Steve Rogers; he studied hard in chemistry, mechanics, science, investment, criminology, etc. But none of these worked in getting him close to be a superhero. He noticed that something essential in his plan had been missing. So, he watched again and again his superhero movie collection, rewound, paused and fast-forwarded a thousand times to study the true ingredients of becoming a superhero. After days and nights of hard work, he was delighted to discover it but depressed about its infeasibility because it was nothing more special than merely—a coincidence.

Having lived and encountered some peculiar events and individuals during the past few years, the persuasiveness of coincidence has occupied a significant part of my faith. Many rich or famous people in modern society tend to broadcast their success as purely personal efforts while minimize the effect of their chance. They make use of the media and social hierarchy to indoctrinate the public about the right path to become as famous and as rich as them is do this and that adding the adjective ‘hard’ in front of anything they mention. I used to listen to a lot of these wonderfully encouraging speeches some time ago. And suddenly one day, I simply got fed up with it and became sick of such an ideology. Do personal efforts count that much? I doubt increasingly much this philosophy. When so many people are working so hard and getting underpaid for various capitalistic reasons, so many are paying a great deal of personal efforts, then why do just a few get rich and famous while others are struggling just to survive? Then, we would be told, this is the way society functions. Great! If this is the case, every time a government encounters a strike regarding wealth distribution inequality, the officials shall just respond, “this is how society works!” Then, no police violence would be involved, the demonstration would dissolve itself because everyone is told, this is how society works. (Genius, this entry should be cited by every government on this planet! I just found a solution for them to address this dilemma!)

Surely, I am not an advocate of doing nothing to approach one’s desire or sitting back in a cozy sofa to wait for a fortune. I just want to give coincidence a position and reduce the exaggeration of these “personal efforts” so that everyone’s life goes back to its balance. I believe that the mysterious laws of the Universe must have something to do with everyone’s life. These unknown mysteries inter-cross seemingly trivial factors to make or ruin a man. Had Spiderman not been bitten by that radiated spider, he would have been an ordinary science geek struggling to pay his bills and rent; Ironman would have been the same billionaire playboy driving cool cars and showing up in parties, had he not been kidnapped in some middle Asian cave. There are so many more coincidence examples in the superhero’s world. Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine… all of their superhero career begins with a coincidence. This is the same as the real world where so many ordinary people are living. How can a show go on without the magic of chance. Coincidence is the needle that ties people with success and failure.

As Werther Armand was spinning his theory, a friend challenged him saying that he should go look for some biologically engineered bug to get himself bitten and infected with some ridiculous imaginary superpower instead of being jealous of other people’s success.

“Even though I may want to look for such an insect, I will have to rely on coincidence to have it. Speaking of this, even though I am so blessed by the mechanism of chance and find this creature, it may refuse to bite me. And in the end, even though I have that bite, I may not have any superpower but some super deadly disease. See, coincidence affects everything, your argument does not work.”

Bye for now, see you next blog!


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