Posts Tagged ‘random’

It is by no means the first time I’ve broached the topic, but with all of the press that Cleveland has been getting lately, I feel so inclined to bring this up again.

Last week I mentioned my dislike of seeing Lebron James’ name on my Facebook time line.  Then, the putz went and announced that he’d be returning to his home state to play basketball for the Cavs again.  Before that happened, though, I was on a local network’s website and was pleasantly reminded of just how big of a deal [we apparently are supposed to think] he is:

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The really, really gross part of this: it was the front page.  Not a sports page, and not a page dedicated to his activities only.  This was front page news, and apparently worth about 80% of the “top” headlines.

Now, I’m certainly not the only guy to think that the local news, and the media in general, is largely comprised of over-sensationalized garbage.  Hell, if it were also raining or snowing just a little bit harder or more than usual, even King James would have to take a back seat to the ‘real’ news.  I did, however, find it odd that it should happen just a week after my last post.  Irony is often times not without good timing.

So, what does this have to do with the path a molecule takes among other molecules?  (Of course I’m not going to get right to it, not without another short anecdote.)

I’ve blogged before about my childhood, and the things that might have made it a bit different than a “typical” childhood (whatever that is).  I’ve also said that, in spite of things being troubling at times, that I by no means think I deserve special treatment for surviving it, or making my life what it is.  While that is a particular point of pride, it’s hardly something I want to draw attention to.

Instead, consider if I had the typical childhood.  Consider my parents never got divorced; it might follow then that the delivery business they had together would have continued, and I would have spent at least a few more years in Strongsville.  I would have attended school there, maybe meet some friends.

Beyond the immediate future (at the time), it becomes significantly more difficult to predict what would have happened.  If I were a betting man, I’d wager that I would never have met the girl who is now my wife, and my kids (albeit likely similar), if I had any in this alternate future, would be significantly different than they are now.

Meeting the one person who I fell in love with, in that alternate reality, would be a bit of a long shot, although not impossible.  But, working for the company that I do currently is not such an unlikely event, considering the vastly large ratio of women to employers in Northeast Ohio (citation needed).  So, what I’m suggesting is that a particular shared outcome (not the whole, collective outcome) is possible in the two distinct realities.

OK, that’s enough science fiction for now.

So now let’s talk LeBron.  I read an interesting article last week that suggested that LeBron’s departure is the best thing that could have happened to Cleveland, considering the resulting losing records, high consecutive-year draft picks, matched up with the eventual return of the modern Michael Jordan (what, like I’m the first person to make that comparison?).

People were entirely too caught up in his “betrayal” of Cleveland sports fans.  I’ll admit, though, that I was wrong about how long people would hold their grudge (and not in the good way–it doesn’t say anything nice about how ridiculous people can be).  What I am not shocked about is how quickly folks changed their minds, got over their grudge, and starting looking forward to a championship in a city that is in short supply of winning sports teams.

In any case, it was a perfect storm of events–setting up a pretty decent basketball team that people will bet on (perhaps, already have).

But the moral of the story is this: realize that it is still only a bunch of inconceivably aligning events that brought him back home.  I’m not suggesting that it’s random, per se, because I still think these seemingly infinite complex systems can be mapped and calculated (albeit, not currently with even our best supercomputers, but perhaps someday…).

In a similar sense, perhaps looking at the major events of my life, one might conclude that its outcome is one that is entirely predictable and expected, considering the stimulants and “direction” set in my childhood.  Regardless, the one thing I do know is that I’d change nothing.  Divorce, constantly moving from house to apartment to wherever, not having much money, and having to make the best of what I had–I know that is the only conceivable path to take because it got me where I am now.  Other paths might have led me to the same place, but it would have come with significant changes that I’m sure would have made me a very different person.

So, Cleveland, count your lucky stars that LeBron bounced around the way he did, because his return, in any other reality, might have come at considerable cost.  At least, that’s what the maths tell us.

Thanks for reading.  Be well and stay tuned!