The Probability of Possibility

Nov 4, 2013



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According to Maslow, one of the most basic human needs, just above breathing, is security. Humans have done an incredible job obtaining security, despite living on a planet and in a universe that is riddled with anomalies, chaos and unforeseen elements. One of the ways humans have acquired a sense of control is through logic. Logic implies understanding certain processes around us. For instance, if you take a risk, there is a chance of failure, therefore don’t take great risks. Security is gained through the sense of control that knowing, and sometimes supposition, brings.

One of the most interesting efforts by man to bring us security is the ongoing identification of the laws of nature. Laws identify patterns in our universe, which for many, serve as psychological handlebars. Without them our world feels too indefinite and unfamiliar, conditions which create insecurity. Making our universe perceptively smaller makes us feel more in control of it, however, there are interesting repercussions. Along with the sense of foundation or solidity that logic brings comes a ceiling. In other words, probability requires conclusion, which walls us off us from the vastness offered to us by possibility.

How can this perceived sense of control be restrictive?

For some, following a dream is fearful and hope is deemed as disillusionment. For others possibility, simply due to the fact that it is undefined, becomes terrifying. Opportunities may still flit by but fewer are taken and shifts in expectation and tradition feel threatening.

There is no question that science and identifying laws of physics are paramount to our development, they should just not be deemed as indisputable. As long as we don’t know all that there is to know, everything remains open-ended and as scary as this may sound, possibility persistently reigns supreme. So while you may continue to hold on to your psychological handlebars, you still exist where there is infinite potential. Even scientists testify that the more they learn the larger our universe becomes. As a matter of fact, scientists openly acknowledge that existing laws do not adequately explain all that we can see, and that which is measurable or observable matter is only 5% of the universe–the rest is dark matter or energy, which is still undetermined. So while knowledge, supposition and conclusion in your life may serve as ground beneath your feet, what you stand upon is a floating island.

Possessing an open-ended life may feel terrifying–“but there’s no plan!”–that’s why letting possibility land in your life without swatting it away requires courage. Living with fewer conclusions and more what-ifs invite’s new opportunities which will compel you to new action but don’t be afraid of this. Wishes of the heart may appear grandiose only because they require you to stretch beyond what has been defined by probability (your island) but you can live with hope and survive these leaps of faith so you might as well hope big. If you believe in what goes up must come down, then also believe that you will bounce.

Living with possibility may be likened to opening the door to let something in, when in fact what it really does is draw us out so Shaboo dares you to stop saying, “I can’t,” or “that’s impossible.” Join the factions of people achieving successful lives using possibility, not probability, as their influence, such as George Washington, Rosa Parks, Richard Branson, Mother Theresa, Ray Bradbury, Nikola Tesla, JK Rowling, Bill Gates, Coco Chanel and millions more of us who are just as potent though we may have significantly lower public profiles!

With abundant hope,