“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
― Albert Einstein
I’ve always found probability theory to be intriguing. It puts a new spin on understanding the world we live in. Nothing is absolute or can be determined with certainty. In fact, there’s an inherent uncertainty in every event in our lives. And isn’t that life? It’s hard, unpredictable, and mostly never perfect. Luck is just a favourable outcome. And we’d hope it would occur — more than once in a lifetime.
“Nothing burns like the cold.”
― George R.R. Martin
By definition, unlikely is an event that has a very low probability of occurring. But, 2018 seems to be the year of surprises. There’s something strange in the air. It started in the month of January. I never thought winter could get so cold — on this side of the world. Temperatures hit a record low with the cold wave. Surprisingly, I made it through. Surely a little bruised, but definitely alive enough to make it to spring.
“Peace begins with a smile..”
― Mother Teresa
As a pessimist, it’s highly unlikely to be hopeful. After all, it’s easier to be hopeless than get disappointed. And it’s not very hard to feel disillusioned these days. Browsing world headlines should do the job. But I did say it’s the year of ‘unlikely’. So, last week we had a reason to celebrate. Pessimists, like myself, were basking in hope. After a long, nail biting year of uncertainty and playing pseudo political analyst; dialogue has paved the way for hope. History could be made — if we continued to be hopeful. And who knows, peace would be around the corner.
“Men argue. Nature acts.”
I used to be skeptical about climate change. It seemed unlikely our planet would be weakened by our stupidity. There were higher forces at play here; ones I believed couldn’t be tampered with. Yet, summers hit new highs and winters break record lows. As I meet people from different parts of the globe and hear their stories, I realise: unlikely will continue to stick with us for a while. The planet is fighting back and we might just lose the only chance we had.
“There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average”
― Stephen Hawking
Two days back, we had a thunderstorm in the sky. I’ve never been a fan of thunder or lightening. The rain was met with a warm welcome because it killed the bad air and gave birth to pretty spring flowers. But we didn’t expect a spell of hail mixed with rain. Now, what were odds of that happening?
By evening, the sun was out and shining. Who would’ve thought we’d have thunder, rain, hail, and sunshine — all on the same day! But it is the year of the improbable and we are only halfway through it…