The Highway Doesn’t Care
This is an e-mail I received from The Daily Stoic as part of their Daily Newsletter. I wanted to save this somewhere since I couldn’t find any unique link, so I could share it with more people to pass on the message and teachings of Stoicism.
It doesn’t matter that you’re a safe driver. Or that you’ve always paid your taxes. It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve worked for this. Or that you volunteer with poor blind kids after school.
The highway doesn’t care. It doesn’t care about the tractor-trailer whose driver fell asleep either. It doesn’t care about the slippery roads. It doesn’t care that you paid for OnStar. It doesn’t care if you’re a famous comedian. It doesn’t care about you at all.
The road is unmerciful. So is the war that can so easily break out. So is the conman and the criminal. So are pandemics and building collapses.
“Always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases,” Seneca reminds us. Don’t trust prosperity, he said. Don’t think it can’t happen to you.
Remember, even the averages that come down in your favor—the odds against lung cancer if you don’t smoke, the odds of a plane crash, the odds of the flash drive re-formatting if you don’t unplug it properly—are still ruthless to the individual. It happens to somebody. Somebody always takes the weight.
And that somebody could be you. It could be today.