Passage #452: 2 May 2018
Casting to Type
We may fancy ourselves seekers of of the unexpected, even to the point of holding surprise up as a kind of virtuous state. But it might be said that surprises, in and of themselves, are neither good nor bad; they are merely states that run counter to our expectations. In that view, it is only through the ways we internalize these anomalous states that we have an opportunity to make them into something positive or negative. Of course, that's a lot of work - more work, certainly, than we are willing to muster this evening. Instead, we are going to try to do the most expected possible thing. And if you were hoping for a surprise, don't worry. Just roll with it, and you may be surprised to find that the most expected thing is precisely what you need.