As the horrors of this summer unfold — war, disease and refugee children — we should reflect on how lucky we are. If you had been born in Central America, the Middle East or West Africa, your life would be quite different.
Of course, you don’t have to travel far to see bad luck. Violence, illness and homelessness occur here, too.
Albert Einstein once said, referring to the deep structure of reality, that God does not play dice. But it does seem that a dice-playing divinity rules our lives. Life and death, success and failure, are often simply matters of luck. Happiness and destitution hinge on the roll of the cosmic dice.