Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I lay awake this morning thinking of the past – at this point I have far more past the future.    I thought of all the crossroads I have transited in my life and the path I took at each juncture.   The thousands of decisions I have made that presented alternate outcomes and would have resulted in entirely different futures.  

This isn’t sour grapes – I am content with who I am; but the man I am is the result of a chain of decisions that led to other decisions that led to other decisions – now here I am.   

We are not who we are by design, but who we are by chance.  The world we exist in is the product of Chaos: A butterfly in Brazil flapping its wings results in a storm in the Atlantic.  



A thousand choices I have made
Each a bifurcation to diverse outcomes
Each leading to entirely different futures
A chain of events that’s totally random


The man I am - accident of birth
A product of a random sexual selection
One of a million sperms that penetrated
A particular egg at place and time


Our entire world has resulted from happenstance
Once Mars was very much like Earth
Then something happened and its future changed
As Mars is so Earth could be


There is no reason we should believe
If Earth would began the process again
That the evolutionary path would somehow repeat
And resulting life turn out the same


There is no God no guiding hand
No past no future from divine design
We are just bits of cosmic debris
Brief random life with electric thought process  

Have a happy day
the Ol'Buzzard


  1. I'm here because I was a better shot.

  2. Years ago I heard "You are a Fluke of the Universe" and thought that fit. Altho, I don't think we are the only Flukes in the whole wide Universe.

  3. "I am what I am" said Popeye the sailor man.


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."