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Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?


Large and impactful events in history, positive or negative, were never inevitable. Many could have been avoided with just a simple decision, and they just wouldn’t have happened. At all. Think of it as the future; if you are feeling like eating a chocolate bar, it’s not inevitable that you will stand up and eat a chocolate bar, you can easily just resist the temptation and go eat a healthy apple instead. In the same way, many big events in history could’ve been prevented, although not as easily as reaching for an apple. If you want a real life example, the 2007 Minneapolis Bridge Collapse that killed thirteen people and injured at least one-hundred and forty-five is a great example. For the past two decades leading up to the disaster, officials at multiple government levels knew the bridge was “structurally deficient”. Did they do anything about it? Nope. This is one disaster that could have been prevented had the government taken the steps to strengthen the bridge, and it for sure wasn’t inevitable.


Another example farther back in time is the 1838 Pastry War. The war was caused because a French pastry artist in Mexico had his shop pillaged of goods, along with many other complaints from French nationalists. Due to this, France demanded a massive payment from Mexico, and when the payment wasn’t carried out France put a trade blockade on all Mexican ports, leading to a conflict that led to over 230 deaths. This war could have easily been prevented, had one thing happened differently. For example, if the shop hadn’t been looted in the first place, the entire war never would have happened. Even if the two countries had decided to have a nice conversation together and came to an agreement, the war would have been prevented. Think of it as a massive BEDMAS equation- if one of the numbers were to be switched, the outcome would be totally different. These examples and analogies prove how historical events were never inevitable, just like the future. There are thousands of possibilities that could have happened, and the one that did happen could have just as easily not happened.



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