Unforeseen Consequences

We’re only making plans for Nigel
We only want what’s best for him
We’re only making plans for Nigel
Nigel just needs this helping hand

And if young Nigel says he’s happy
He must be happy
He must be happy in his work

We’re only making plans for Nigel
He has his future in a British steel
We’re only making plans for Nigel
Nigel’s whole future is as good as sealed


This beautiful spring morning, I have been contemplating how there are unforeseen consequences in life. I have done a full life recapitulation in minute detail and am confident, at least from my perspective, where things have diverged. The essence is captured in this song. So many times, when people have made plans for me, cunning or otherwise, without consulting me, things haven’t turned out quite how they figured they might. I hate that kind of shit, but people still do it, they may even be doing it now.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that even now there are some trying to figure out how to manage the situation, which is me. They may be seeking to contain it and come up with a plan, a strategy. Maybe I’ll get offered a fait accompli. Who knows, people are weird.


Why do people think that they can make plans for other people? And without asking?

There are a lot of meddling manipulative people in this world and such as these can want others to do their bidding. They don’t always anticipate the consequences. Many like some kind of “political” solution, when there is none.

As you may have guessed I believe in karma, in cause and effect. Its workings are complex but when you look at the world through the lens of karma, you can foresee consequences which you might otherwise not. Of course, not all of those consequences will happen, because karma is complex and interdependent, but you do have less unforeseen consequences. To try to convince others about the potential consequences you have seen, is to smash your head against a brick wall and repeatedly so.

Things pan out, they don’t do straight lines. But there are some who simply cannot resist trying to steer things, manipulate and adjust them.

Things in my life could have gone in a number of different directions, some big, some small. But these have not happened and can not now happen. My assessment of this is that in each case it has been the dynamics of the interaction between me and a very small number of people, which has prevented things. And those people have in one way or another tried to “make plans for Nigel” and to steer things their way. I have gotten out of the car and given them the steering wheel. “If you want so badly to drive, here are keys. Me, I’ll walk thanks.”

What makes sense in one “world” doesn’t make sense in another. Not everybody shares the same ways of thinking, the same values. As logically obvious as this statement is, it does not find purchase in the mind all that well.

And that is why there can be unforeseen consequences.

Those fucking shoe-horns….

How people love ‘em.