The more I talk to people, the broader and less certain the subjects, the more fun I find it to picture them turbaned, leaning over a crystal ball by candle light, muttering an incantation…
“Yes, the spirits have spoken. If we leave the EU our government will totally not join TTIP!”
“Indeed, I see it clearly… having a baby would be the best/worst decision in your life!”
“Allow me to consult the cards, I need to know whether your business will keep making money in two years.”
“The prophecy says that if we do not quell the rise of religion, we will be in the dark ages by 2050…”
“The lines on your hand predict a short love life, so avoid marriage because it will never last.”
“Donald Trump’s stars say that if he tries to build a wall he will start WWIII!”
Yes, I’m sure you’re completely right. If every single factor you are assuming actually takes place. And everyone seems to think they have it figured out. TTIP is supported by the EU, so if we leave the EU then we will do the opposite of them, right? Well, only if the government wants to. There are many reasons for leaving the EU that don’t exclude joining TTIP separately. Relationship statistics are pretty bad, so marriage is pointless, right? Well, only if you are marrying out of some desire to have a pretty wedding and impress your friends, rather than as a legal tool to assist in your shared goals. Marriage is about working as a team towards one thing, not going along for the ride and seeing where you wind up. Trump’s wall would create masses on international conflict and break out into war, right? Well, only if other nations view it as worth their while to start armed conflict with the USA. Perhaps border control isn’t worth the risk of annihilation.
Same goes for all the rest. The underlying assumptions need to be true, and the buildup conditions need to be fulfilled for your “prophecy” to play out.
So stick to your crystal ball. I’ll just keep working on everything I can control and keep on the fence regarding everything I can’t. It’s less stressful that way.
TTFN and Happy Hunting!