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We all experienced this one: something bad happens to you and you wonder why in the world you are the one that is singled out to incur such misfortune, for you to later realise that, this spell of bad luck, may actually be the best thing that ever happened to you. We sometimes capture this phenomenon by phrases such as ”a blessings in disguise” or ”life has funny ways”. Anyway, it turns out this strange phenomenon actually has a name: the Nova Effect, as this video explains…

But… it doesn’t end there. In another brilliantly illustrated episode of After Skool, British philosopher Alan Watts, explains through a wonderful parable, how incredible difficult it is to determine if a situation is good or bad at the time of it’s occurrence, as it’s impossible to know how and/or what this situation will affect in the future.

Maybe the whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity and it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad, because you never know what will be the consequences of the misfortune, or you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.

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It’s Impossible to Know Whether a Situation is Good or Bad…

by Rogier Want time to read: 1 min