12 – Providence

Learning to drive a car includes focusing on several details all at once. You have to be thinking about what’s happening outside the car, looking at the lines on the road, the stop signs and traffic lights, other cars that may be passing you or coming into the road, then there are all the turns and hills, and so on. But simultaneously, you have to be focused on things inside the car. You have your mirrors that you have to look at; you have a gas pedal and a brake pedal; there are gears, and most of all, the steering wheel, which determines the direction that you’re going to drive. In addition to all of that, you have to know your directions—where you are, and where you are going. And all of this has to be coordinated to drive safely and successfully. The driver must be in control of the vehicle at all times. Well, if you know how to drive, you know that sense of control and responsibility. But we are only talking about one person and one vehicle. What about the universe as a whole?

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