In Mark Richard’s book, House of Prayer No.2, coincidence dictates the course of the narrator’s life. For him, coincidence won’t fall in his favor him until later in life, and mature adulthood arguably doesn’t start for him until he is in his thirties. Until that age, he faces many different misfortunes, one of those being the death of his first love. This story reminded me of a close friend, Cedric, who as a senior in high school lost his girlfriend of three years.
One Wednesday morning, late on her way to school, Claire came flying around a blind corner on a back road. She had known this road very well, it was five minutes from her house, and she had taken that turn many times before. Unfortunately, it just happened to be a coincidence that that morning, because of a missed alarm, a long shower, a forgotten lunch, or whatever reason Claire was ...
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...o be a different man than his father, and falls so far into self-pity that he believes no one can save his life from disappearing.
Indeed it’s clear according to Chacon’s example, that it is easy to foolishly pride oneself into ever assuming to know a thing about life. People shouldn’t pretend to understand the blur of the future, because coincidence can be a bite in the ass later down the line. However, it is, as many things are, easier said than done. And as I sit in my college library, consciously digesting this lesson, I still can’t help but think about how great life will be in ten years. In the end, being a know-it-all is a part of human nature everyone needs to fight. One must accept that the future is uncontrollable, and then learn to absorb the blows and the savor the triumphs as they come. Then maybe, just maybe, the bitter world will seem nicer to us all.
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