When someone wins the lottery we call him “lucky”. If that same person won the lottery twice in a row, we would begin to grow extremely suspicious. Three times in a row and we would be absolutely certain the game is somehow rigged. And yet this extremely improbable occurrence is incredibly more likely than the nearly impossible chance of our universe being able to support life by “accident”. I, for one, say the game must be rigged.
I used to believe in so many things—elves and leprechauns, virgins riding unicorns. I trusted that the world was made up of people who were generally good, though they may have lost their way temporarily. The faith my mother gave me—the words she whispered when she said good night, the idea that gave me hope for the two of us even when we fought bitterly over trivial things, as mothers and daughters do, I guess—was her belief in love, a love so unconditional we could barely scratch at the edges of comprehending it.