Bob-n-Along: To know or not to know the future - that is the question!

By Bob Stealey | April 01, 2017
Most likely if I were a TV weatherman, on this day I'd be calling for a 100 percent chance of a 30-day April ahead, and I'd have no fear of being contradicted. But what will April bring for us? The month of March was such an enigma, with a little bit of everything tossed into the mix! 
Ah well, so much for what's been going on in the atmosphere.
So often I've heard folks say, "Oh, how I wish I could go back in time 20 or 30 years--or however long ago--but know as much information as I do today." Wow, what an advantage a person would have, indeed!
Maybe--or maybe not. Perhaps it would be better, after all, if we could restrain our innocence rather than be painfully aware that some unfortunate--even tragic--occurrence is "right around the corner." I mean, just picture the scenario.
Here in Clarksburg we can think of ourselves as quite fortunate that we have been virtually "immune" to tragic happenings of nature, for instance. (I use that term virtually because there of course have been exceptions.
Still, in saying this, I must keep in mind that it's not all a matter of shying from what we fear ahead. There's so much in life that is pleasurable and anything other than to be feared, right? Besides that, we know that all the ill effects of worry and fear on our bodies. (What if we'd known about that derecho that hit Clarksburg and nearby areas in late June 2012?)
Allow this amateur philosopher to further qualify his thought by stating that pleasurable events are in no wise limited to the receiving of money, especially if it would be tax-free. Hey, that's not all there is to the good life!
It's true that we have to take the bitter with the sweet, but it's so important that we not dwell on the "glass-half-empty" concept and that, instead, we consider the glass-half-full idea. Perhaps the glass in question is one that was made in one of the Clarksburg factories.
Keeping our minds focused on Clarksburg and surrounding communities, if we had known in November that the coming winter would be mainly snowstorm-free, perhaps we might have saved a few bucks when we purchased that four-wheel-drive vehicle to help us to get around on the streets and highways over the next three or four months. Keep in mind that I'm crossing my fingers, as I remember the foot of snow we got on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1987.
There are matters other than weather-related ones that we would have appreciated a forewarning of during the days, weeks or months prior to times recently passed, and I'm referring not only to Clarksburg, but just about anyplace in all of the USA.
Maybe a good example of knowing what the future holds would be if we could fast-forward to almost midnight on Monday, April 10, at which time Clarksburg bracket-players should know who is the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament champion. Hmmm! On the other hand, this could perhaps easily be regarded as teetering at the edge of cheating, sort of like insider trading among players of the stock market, huh? (Now I'm not recommending the practice, but merely using it as part of a simile.)
This whole foreknowledge arrangement would be of interest to people of most any age. Even teenagers, if a dude wondered whether Suzy Smith would go to the prom with him: Wouldn't it be so much more rad
to not know of her decision beforehand, rather than to know about it and be a victim of a spoiler alert? Nothing scintillating there!
Well, I suppose I've used enough examples of knowing the future versus not knowing the future, right?
Anyway, at times I am guilty of rambling on just a bit, and this is probably no exception. However, the
whole ball of wax is worth pondering, isn't it? Maybe we'll study this again--or not.
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So I let the cat out of the bag a few paragraphs ago by hinting about the outcome of March Madness. Well, worse has happened. At this stage of the NCAA basketball tournament, we're down to the Final Four. It's South Carolina in the East against Gonzaga in the West, and it's Oregon in the Midwest against
North Carolina in the South. Those games, I believe, will be played on Saturday, April 8.
The winners in the Final Four competition will then play for the right to be called national champions in the finals, the game to be played, I believe, on the night of Monday, April 10. I'm not revealing my pick at this juncture.
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This Week's Bible Verses:  "O death, where then your victory? Where then your sting? For sin--the sting that causes death--will all be gone;  and the law, which reveals our sins, will no longer be our judge. How we thank God for all of this! It is he who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord!" -- I Corinthians 15:55-57

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