Pitch Perfect Positive

by Christopher Lovejoy on January 17, 2022

What if I told you that this world in which we live is not only the best of all possible worlds but also pitch perfect beyond belief? You might think I’ve lost more than just my marbles, but wait: I didn’t say “pitch perfect positive beyond belief;” I only said “pitch perfect beyond belief.”

And when I say “pitch perfect beyond belief,” I mean “pitch perfect beyond belief.”

Pitch Perfect Beyond Belief?

Now when I say “belief,” I trust you understand that I’m not talking about a firmly held opinion or conviction, religious or otherwise. I also trust you understand that I’m not talking about something that can be accepted and assumed as real, true, good, right, fair, fine, wise, or pure.

No.

When I say “belief,” I’m siding with the philosophers when they say that “belief is an attitude that X is the case,” where X is any proposition that presumes to speak truth ~ not that X is true, necessarily, only that X is a proposition about the world that rings true, but might not be true.

Did that make sense?

Let’s take this a step further: the presumption of truth implies trust, faith, confidence.

Take your pick.

Now when I say “beyond belief,” I trust you understand that I’m not talking about something “incredible” or “astonishingly good or bad,” both of which are human interpretations. Rather, when I say “beyond belief,” I only mean “beyond any presumption of truth made in good faith.”

So where does this leave us?

In a world that is pitch perfect beyond belief.

Wait, what? How is this the case?

By merely stating the case, to the best of our belief: “this world is pitch perfect beyond belief.”

The mechanics of this world are such that this world is pitch perfect, and it doesn’t matter what you or I or anyone else thinks or believes is the case about this world at this time. “This world is pitch perfect,” and so it now behooves us to comes to terms with our expectations about it.

Pitch Perfect Positive?

Expectations: we all have them, even as some try to water them down into preferences.

Most expect the sun to rise within the next 24 hours, even though there’s no ironclad guarantee that it will. Nevertheless, we go about our lives presuming the truth that the sun will rise as expected. I’ve never yet heard anyone say “I prefer that the sun rises in the next 24 hours.”

Have you?

Regardless, if the sun does not rise, can we not assume there’s a good reason?

That is to say, a “pitch perfect” reason? One that is “pitch perfect beyond belief?”

So how do we go from “pitch perfect beyond belief” to “pitch perfect positive?”

The key, I think, lies in the ways in which we handle our own . . .

a) assumptions

b) expectations; and

c) predictions

Let’s start with predictions and work our way backwards.

Scientists like to make predictions, but not everyone is a scientist.

For many, it’s more like this: “I just set my sights on X, and so if I say and/or do Y, where Y is any set of words and/or deeds that I believe I must say and/or do to obtain Z, then Z will be my result or outcome.”

We make these sorts of predictions all the time, often without realizing it.

But what we might not realize is that X was not good for us (and thankfully, without knowing it, an invisible hand intervened); that Y is not a complete set (or if it is, someone or something intervened, visibly or invisibly, for our benefit); or that Z did not meet our expectations.

In plain English, we have plenty of tales where invisible hands have intervened on behalf of those headed for a bad place, just as we have lots of examples where predictions were dashed by a lack of persistence or by interventions that turned out to be very beneficial for everyone.

As for expectations, who doesn’t like to have someone exceed our expectations?

For myself, I am quite content to merely have my expectations met, but they’re not always met, or met in the ways that I like; I think most can relate to this all-too-common experience, and so how does one reach a place where pitch perfect positive expectations are par for the course?

Consider: “Z did not meet my expectations, and so now I’m pissed ~ sucks to be me.”

Let’s view and treat this sucky attitude in terms of “pitch perfect positive.”

Let’s take a close look at five assumptions that we make about this world:

1) This world should always behave in the ways that I expect (said “the entitled one”)

Rejoinder: Should this world always, always behave? What about “behave more often than not” or “behave at least some of the time?” Would this then not leave a bit of room for “easy come, easy go?” Perhaps “wear the vest of your expectations lightly” might come in handy here.

What do you think, O entitled one?

2) This world should always make sense, and if it doesn’t, then this world blows!

Rejoinder: Again, always? Again, how about more often than not or, more humbly, at least some of the time? Sense making is an art, as much as it is a skill, and so perhaps, just perhaps, this world would not seem to blow if we took it upon ourselves to upgrade our maps.

What do you think, O entitled one?

3) If this world wants to talk to me, it should always send me clear signs or signals

Rejoinder: Enough about always; what about a world that communicates? Yes, perhaps, if this world is a simulation. On this assumption, maybe the signs or signals that it sends are crisp and clear; could it be that the sign or signal is clear, but that we ourselves are not clear?

What do you think, O entitled one?

4) If this world is a simulation, then its intentions should line up with my intentions

Rejoinder: Now wouldn’t that be nice? Think of it: because I intend to be, have, or do X, then the world should also intend that I be, have, or do X, but doesn’t this sound a little too convenient for my own good? I mean, come on now, where’s my learning and my growing gonna come from?

What do you think, O entitled one?

In view of these assumptions and rejoinders, might it not be better to think of signs, signals, and synchronicities as invitations to explore, without always knowing where they’re going to lead? And if they do lead to a sticky (stinky?) outcome, might this outcome itself be a blessing in disguise?

Or is it more true that excessive use of “should” and “always” screams “entitlement!”?

Alright, one more assumption. I did say “five assumptions,” did I not?

The Mother of All Assumptions

In tracing our way backward, we saw how assumptions get wrapped up inside expectations, which get wrapped up inside predictions, which are made, more often than not, without much if any awareness that they’re being made and delivered through expectations (and assumptions).

We also saw that four simple challenges to four simple assumptions can shape our expectations for the better, enabling us to make much better predictions in the course of living and loving our lives, with a view towards reaching a place or a space of having a pitch perfect positive life.

This world is pitch perfect beyond belief, but my relationship with it only becomes pitch perfect positive when I can occupy a mostly peaceful, loving, joyous, blissful place or space. True enough, I don’t always ~ can’t always ~ see the perfection, but this is not the fault of the world.

Commentary: We would do well to concede that this world is full of apparent flaws, faults, and follies, and I emphasize apparent here for the simple reason that these apparent imperfections serve as contrast for any appreciation of perfection in view of a pitch perfect positive life.

Let’s also concede that “my world” might be a tiny portion of “this world,” though “the entitled child within” is sometimes (oftentimes?) hard pressed to see this. “Could you, dear child, allow room for surprise? For doubt? Or are you so convinced you’ve got it all figured out?”

What say you, O entitled one?

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note to readers: this post is an excerpt from Self as Art : Self as One, which is a page that can be accessed through the navigation menu at the top of this site under the tab Ultimate

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