We don’t always know why things happen. Yesterday it was 75° here. And by this evening we will be enjoying the snow. With 2 – 5 inches due by tomorrow. Most people here don’t understand why the weather changes so fast. The only thing we can say is, “Welcome to the wonderful world of Colorado weather.” This may be an extreme example, yet the idea behind it is real for more than just Colorado. We see this throughout our lives. We see things happen both good and evil, and can only ask ‘Why?’
We try to attach meaning to events to make them more understandable. And yet, why a plane ends up in the sea, or a car crashes or anything else happens, is often beyond our understanding. Many times, I see things, and I can only ask why because I don’t know. Why did this or that happen? Why?
I do not want to blame everything on random chance. I also do not want to blame all tragedies on pre-ordained fate. As a process engineer who believes in continuous improvement, I know that as we understand more, safety and health improve. And, in this, there is some understanding. Because someone a long time ago stood next to some shiny leaves and got a rash, we now know to stay away from poison ivy. Someone had to make the error so the rest of us could learn.
The next time something happens, we could blame it on fate. We can blame the pre-ordination of man, or we can empathize with the who and what, and learn something that could help us, and everyone else.
It is hard to say why things happen. I know I do not understand a lot in the larger scheme of things. I do know that time, life, and knowledge are essential. I feel I need to pay more attention.
Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.