No matter how much we surround ourselves with people, animals, and thoughts of religious deities who validate our existence, we are indeed alone in life. We rationalize the opposite instinctively.
It is a survival mechanism to utilize the imagination. Without imagination we’d all be in loony bins because it is a shock to the system to see that no help is coming and there is far more to fall before we hit bottom. Once we’ve reached the limits of our capabilities and related control over our life situation, there is nothing more than hope that Fortuna, the goddess of fortune and luck, will cruise in and sway her tiller in more a fortunate direction for us.
The fortune of humans. Being in the right place at the right time does require showing up, but no guarantee that you’ll ever actually get there.
“When your prospects for the future solely depend on luck, you know you’ve screwed up.” I quote myself. I believe it to be true that luck lies in the realm of the gods, those mystical creatures who never show themselves to us in their true form. People pry and worship because they are at our lowest of lows and have exhausted all capabilities within ourselves to further our self-created cause. If this is you, you are low.
Failure is a harsh term at times because it is usually attributed to personal failure as if it was someone’s fault. In reality, failure is the world’s fault. This person, a creation of this world, somehow was genetically programed to pursue a dead end cause.
There is a parasite in the Amazon jungle that reproduces by attaching itself to a specific ant specie. These ants typically fallow along normal army ant (get food, build ant hill, attack enemy) behavior on the ground. Once this parasite attaches itself to the ant, suddenly the ant (for no genetic reason of its own) climbs a specific type of leaf growing off the Amazon floor and dies. The parasite lays its eggs inside the ant’s body and when the eggs hatch, they eat the leaf before finding ants of their own to commandeer.
It would be great if my failed career attempts could so easily be attributed to a parasitic demon that drives me on adventures all over the world that consequentially spiral me into years of debt repayment AKA indentured servitude, but in reality, it is just me, in my head doing whatever it takes to make myself feel good, alone.