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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

God: The Prankster

One of Albert Einstein's most famous quotes is, "God does not play dice with the universe." Which is to say, He has a plan-- there's an underlying logic to it all. And I think Einstein is right-- there is an underlying logic to it all. But that doesn't mean that some of the things right here on the surface don't make you scratch your head and think, "Why in the world did God do that?"

A few examples:

This guy has two major titles. That's the same number as Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Andy North and Fuzzy Zoeller, and one more than Ken Venturi, Tommy Aaron, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler and Hal Sutton. Why God put that much golfing talent into a NASCAR fan's body is quite the mystery.

Or how about these maroons?

God giving Hall of Fame talent to two jags like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens will always be one of God's great pranks on football fans.

From the animal kingdom we have the duck-billed platypus:

And from the "That just ain't fair" files:

This no talent hack inherits millions and receives fame and adulation, while millions of far more talented and deserving people labor in obscurity to merely feed, clothe and house themselves and their families.

Which is a little depressing. But don't let it get you down folks. Don't live a life of cynical pessimism. Here's another, less well-known, quote from Einstein:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Yet another, especially trenchant these days:

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
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