At least for me, the Allstate commercial rings a very personal bell. It’s funny how a commercial, that at most times tries to ask the question in a comical light, presents a very good life question. “Are you in a good hands?” So, are you?
This was all brought about while I watched a very well-known film with my wife. A women stands on a stage; her face painted in greens, purples, and oranges and her hair done up and high. She has white hair and a purple rose adorns it which matches the purple suit she is wearing. 2 guards stand to her left as 2 stand to her right. In the audience stand hundreds of children awaiting for what this women believes to be an honor bestowed upon 2 of them – 1 boy, 1 girl. To the children in the crowd, it’s the annually celebrated Judgement Day. As they are about to draw the names she speaks into the microphone with finesse, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Yea thanks lady. Thanks for the pick-me-up as I’m chosen to fight to the death. In this movie, that line is meant as representation of what the people at the top of the food chain think – everything is a game and we wish you luck. That’s because they have everything they need and only the middle and lower classes are exposed to such miserable circumstances. But for you and I, that phrase should ring a bell. Like the Allstate commercial. I want the odds to be in my favor. I want good luck. I want to be favored in life. I want to be in good hands.
Odds. ädz/. noun
the ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet, based on the expected probability either way.
the chances or likelihood of something happening or being the case.
plural noun: the odds
“the odds are that he is no longer alive”
synonyms: the likelihood is, the probability is, chances are, there’s a good chance
So when you depend on the odds, it’s up in the air. When you give your tomorrow for it to be thrown up in the air, it’s up to chance if it falls to shatter on the ground like glass or if someone or something catches it.
Chance. CHans/. noun
1. a possibility of something happening.
synonyms: possibility, prospect, probability, likelihood, likeliness, expectation, anticipation; More
2. the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design.
synonyms: accident, coincidence, serendipity, fate, destiny, fortuity, providence, happenstance; More
1. fortuitous; accidental.
synonyms: accidental, fortuitous, adventitious, fluky, coincidental, serendipitous; More
1. do something by accident or without design.
2. informal. do (something) despite its being dangerous or of uncertain outcome.
synonyms: risk, hazard, venture, try;formlessly
Is it just me or do you see words like accident, risk, formless, dangerous, without design, and hazard in there? These among others. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got one opportunity at this life. This doesn’t apply to all our feline readers that have developed opposable thumbs with which to scroll through the Wordpress Reader with. For the rest of us, one shot is all we have.
My personification of chance is exactly like Allstate’s Mayhem Commercials. I imagine Chance in a nice suit, smug and arrogant; prideful in the countless lives that ultimately resort to “him” as their method. Or their tour guide. All the while there is no certainty, design, plan, promise for them. He knows that and smirks in the camera, while all these people take step by step not knowing. Sigh….. I don’t want to be one of those people. I don’t believe in that. So let’s say this conversation proves that we should reconsider our faith in Chance….
Tell me who do you trust now?