anything happen? That's a complicated question to answ
more sensible question than"Why do bad things happen ?" This is
there is no reason to single out bad things for special attention unless bad things
pen more often than we would expect them to, by chance; or u
think there should be a kind of natural justice, which would mean that bad
things should only happen to bad people.
Do bad things happen more often than we ought to expect by chance alone ?
If so, then we really do have something to explain. You may have heard people
refer jokingly to "Sod's Law." This states: "If you drop a piece of toast and
on the floor, it always lands marmalade side down." Or
generally: "If a thing can go wrong, it ( A )." People often joke about this,
but at times you get the feeling they think it is more than a joke. They really do
seem to believe the world is out to hurt them.
Recently, a film crew with whom I was working chose a location where we
felt sure there should be a minimum of noise, a huge empty field. We arrived
early in the morning to make doubly sure of peace and quiet-only to discover,
when we arrived, a lone Scotsman practicing the bagpipes. o "Sod's Law I" we all
shouted. The truth, of course, is that there is noise going on most of the time, but
we only notice it when it is an irritation, as when it interferes with filming. There
is a bias in our likelihood of noticing annoyance, and this makes us think the
world is trying to annoy us deliberately.
In the case of the toast, it wouldn't be surprising to find that it really does fall
marmalade side down more often than not, because tables are not very high, the
toast starts marmalade side up, and there is usually time for one half-rotation
before it hits the ground. But the toast example is just a colorful way to express
lyidea that"if a thing can go wrong,it( A )." Perhaps this
a better example of Sod's Law : "When you toss a coin, the more strop
s, the more likely it is to come up ( B )." That, at least
ic view. There are optimists who think that the more you wa