Past Lives (Part Three)

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’ve yet to receive what I’d consider a good answer to that question.  This may be more than partially my fault though, because I’ve yet to have my ear bent on the subject by anyone who wasn’t “an old soul with a glorious lineage,” and my natural response to that is pretty much “Of course you are.”  This might be unfair on my part, though, because just as somebody has to hit it big eventually in every fair lottery, I get that if there’s any truth whatsoever to past lives, somebody had to be Napoleon after all.  But just like the odds are against the eventuality of walking down the streets of Possum Grape, Arkansas, and meeting a Hollywood celebrity, it seems to me that the idea that I just happened to meet the one, true reincarnation of Napoleon is almost magically unlikely.

Stranger things have happened, I know, but never to me.

Well . . . almost never.

4 Responses to “Past Lives (Part Three)”

  1. Lynn Says:

    What I’m left wondering is… would the most accurate usage be “magically unlikely,” or “magically likely”? Analogously… “that would be ‘I could jump from here to the moon’ likely.”

    Just wonderin’. **shrug**

  2. Robert Alan Says:

    Well . . . obviously this is personal word usage here, but if I called something “magically likely,” I’d probably mean the base odds seemed against it, but success was still likely provided you had a touch of enchantment on your side (and plain old reliable “skill and/or good luck” counts as that to me). For instance, I’ve seen people with the oddest knack for pulling the card they needed exactly when they needed it, and without cheating. After a while I learned not to bet against them no matter how much the base odds seemed to favor me.

    For me, “magically unlikely” is something that I’ll grant is possible, like winning a fair lottery, but unless you’ve got magic on par with that of a fantasy wizard or better, don’t hold your breath on making it happen.

  3. Lynn Says:

    Would a fantasy football wizard count? Not that I’m one of those, either. I might know one, though. 😉

  4. Robert Alan Says:

    I don’t know how useful that would be outside of a fantasy football situation (probably akin to contracting a pinball wizard to help improve your Xbox score), but if you’re desperate, it might be worth a shot. 😉

    Let me know how it goes.

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