In the beginning was chance

30 Aug

In the beginning was chance,
and chance created the heavens,
the earth and all that is.

Without chance, free will is an illusion.
All our actions would merely be
part of a thread of predetermined events
unwinding from the beginning.

Without chance there can be no
goodness or badness.
The world could only be, quite indifferently,
the best of all possible worlds.

Without chance there is no love.
Just responses to chemical signals.

Without chance life would not be worth living.
Chance is meaning itself.

I throw myself to chance,
to that infinite grace that
slips between the wakes of days.

Au commencement était le hasard,
et le hasard créa les cieux,
la terre et tout l’existant.

Sans le hasard, la volonté libre est illusoire.
Tous nos actes s’inscriraient dans
un fil des évènements déterminés dès le début.

Sans le hasard ni le bon ni le mal n’existent plus.
Le monde ne serait, de manière complètement indifférent,
que le meilleur des mondes possibles.

Sans le hasard, point d’amour.
Simple réponses aux signaux chimiques.

Sans le hasard la vie n’aurait pas de sens.
Le hasard est le sens même.

Je me livre au hasard,
à cette grâce infinie
qui fuit par les interstices des jours.

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