The Illusion of Control

We like to think we’re in control. We lock the door and feel secure; we swallow the pills and feel hopeful; we apply for the job and feel confident. We like to think our efforts produce our results, that we control our fate.

Despite what we want, we encounter a bitter truth. We control nothing. The robber breaks the lock; the pills don’t help; the company hires someone else. A mysterious virus we can’t see or hear flips the world upside-down.

Here are some things we don’t control. The weather, life and death, illnesses, human genetics, the economy, mathematics, evolution, time and space.

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