My Lucky Egg

I do not believe in the concept of luck. I define luck as something that happens out-of-the-blue, solely outside a person’s participation. Most people use the word “luck” that way. There is the concept of people who “make their own luck,” but this is a non sequitur. How can one make happen, that which they do not control? Dictionary.com defines “luck” as, “good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance.” Some people use the words “luck” and “chance” interchangeably. But, “luck” and “chance” are obviously two different concepts, because a dictionary would not use the same word to define itself. This assertion, of mine, is further supported by Thesaurus.com which does not list “chance” among synonyms for luck. So, an unambiguous definition for luck (whether good or bad) is, a fluke… An accident or chance happening. And maybe what I am trying to say is, I don’t believe in accidents.

The Egg Safety Center says that double yolked eggs are usually produced by either young chickens whose reproductive systems have not fully matured or from older chickens nearing the end of their egg producing period. And adds that not only are these eggs perfectly safe to eat, but are, in fact, considered to be lucky. Food & Wine put the odds of getting a “double-yolker” egg at about one in every thousand eggs. This must make Fiona Exon of Cumbria, Great Britain very lucky indeed, because she purchased a carton containing six double-yolked eggs.

Six double yolk eggs from one carton
Six double yolk eggs from one carton

The odds of finding six double-yolk eggs in one container is a quintillion to one. Or ten to the eighteenth power (this number: 1000,000,000,000,000,000 to one).

Whether a double-yolk egg is good luck or bad luck, to you, depends on your culture and your perspective. If you are pregnant and you get a double-yolked egg, some say you’ll have twins. If in the Wiccan tradition, you’ll consider these type of eggs as a sign of good fortune. Whereas the ancient Norse believed it was a sign that a family member was about to die. So, if you are one of the increasing number of people interested in Asatru, “belief in the old gods,” you may want to stay away from the eggs of very young or very old chickens… And also give Buff Orpingtons (my favourite breed of chicken) a wide berth… They seem to have a hereditary predisposition for laying double-yolked eggs.

As for me, I discovered my “lucky” egg in a carton of eggs I bought at Trader Joe’s.  And from that same carton, I just found in the middle of writing this article, two more lucky eggs.

That means the chances of me snacking on this cup of scrambled “Luck” with cheese is one million to one. Combined with the earlier egg I took from the same carton, means that I’m a billion to one lucky when it comes to finding double yolked eggs, at least.

So, if I don’t believe in “luck” or “accidents,” then in what do I believe? I believe in the intersection of preparedness and opportunity. I may be wrong, but I assert that the “lucky” person’s preparedness is an action upon the opportunity… I maintain that the person is not a passive spectator, but an actor with agency. However minuscule, the person’s readiness for the experience precludes “luck.”

Schrödinger's cat
Schrödinger’s cat

You may be familiar with the thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, called Schrödinger’s cat. The scenario presents a story about a cat inside a box with a vial filled with a lethal radioactive substance. If, when we open the box, the vial has been broken, the cat will be dead. If we find the vial not broken, the cat will be alive. The thought experiment was devised to explain quantum superposition. Schrödinger coined the term Entanglement to describe the state in which the cat is simultaneously both alive and dead before we, the observer, lock the paradox into one or the other states of being by looking inside the box. It is in this way that the “lucky” person’s preparedness affects the person’s luck outcome.

5thDimensionEye

The first dimension of reality is length, a line between two points. The second dimension is length and width, like a drawing on a piece of paper. The third dimension, in which we exist, is length, width, and depth. The fourth dimension is duration, or time. And the fifth dimension is possibility. It is that up-in-the-air, both living and dead, both old and young, phenomenon of limitless possibility, which is in constant flux. We cannot visit this state of being, but only in interacting with it, pull things out of their wave stream and solidity it into only one form of its infinite possibilities.

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