We’re alarmed by chaos. It forces us to become more alert to danger. It won’t allow us to remain at rest.
Whatever we perceive order to be, our efforts to restore it never end. Some of those relentless exertions are physical, and many are mental. As we scramble to make predictions that we hope will keep our lives orderly and safe, one elegant pattern appears: cause and effect.
How often we ignore one of these two inseparable companions.
While focusing on our disease, we refuse to address the habits that caused it. If we notice the habits, we overlook the inability to cope that led us to find solace in unhealthy routines. When we confess that we’ve underestimated our capacity for stress, we simultaneously deny that our most unbearable tension resulted from unrealistic expectations and wrongheaded beliefs.
When we praise excellence, we reinforce efforts at artistic and intellectual mastery.
Cause and effect. The two reasons nothing is random.