Sunday, May 30, 2010

1144 : Fooled by Randomness

Picture this.

Yesterday a pretty little lady (was it??) butterfly perched on our balcony floor. We are having a cup of tea while the domestic help is cleaning  up the house. We don’t quite notice all of the steps – but the next thing spousey remembers seeing is the maid splashing a bucket of water in the balcony – and the lady butterfly is whoosh – dead in an instant – probably more by the impact than the water itself.

I am sure a second ago, it did not even occur to either the butterfly or the “help”, or us as an audience, that this event is going to occur.

The “help” continued cleaning as if business as usual. She swept the dead beauty into the faucet. From her perspective – the life and death of this little PYT was inconsequential in the larger scheme of things.

Two keywords to takeaway. Random. Perspective.

What a critical situation :-)

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