Recognize this one? You probably read it, though maybe a long time ago.
A Frenchman named Chamfort, who should have known better, once said that chance was a nickname for Providence.
No, no, I'm not talking about Chamfort, who was real enough, but the guy who is quoting Chamfort, or the story in which he is quoted. The speaker continues:
It is one of those convenient, question-begging aphorisms coined to discredit the unpleasant truth that chance plays an important, if not predominant, part in human affairs. Yet it was not entirely inexcusable. Inevitably, chance does occasionally operate with a sort of fumbling coherence readily mistakable for the workings of a self-conscious Providence.
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