Let's consider a song and a conversation. It was over 30 years ago. My kids liked the song, so did I. The song:
"Karma Chameleon", The Culture Club
We parsed it out:
"'...I'm a man without conviction,
I'm a man who doesn't know
How to sell a contradiction...
You come and go, you come and go.'
"In a biological sense there are tremendous odds against any individual getting born at all. Zygotes succeed under heavy competition, then undergo gestation, birth. Character begins. But what of preconception? Do we exist as certainty or possibility?"
"Very good! But let's not separate the idea of beginning from end."
"Perception of time?"
"Before getting born, we were at most only slightly inconvenienced by nonexistence. Then..."
"We get born and become ourselves, who we are. Then we die. That's awful."
"Not sure nonexistence would trouble us more after existing than before, but I get your point. We work hard on our whos."
"But what about, 'You come and go, you come and go.
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams:
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green.' Where does that come in?"
"Well, you're studying for your DMV test so you can drive the car. At an intersection, what do red and green lights mean to you?"
"Stop and go. What about gold?"
"Meter of the lyric needed one syllable, not two. The color is yellow, which means...?"
"Proceed with caution!"
"Exactly! Now you tell me, how would that change the world according to the song?
"'Ev'ry day is like survival.
You're my lover, not my rival.'
It means we shouldn't fight over things but get along and share what's good in our lives and in the world."
"And this unified factor of sharing? What's that?"
"You say it's love. You say we shouldn't fight over dumb stuff. You say nobody's influence ever ends. The song says we shouldn't consider others our rivals, but our companions in existence. So what about the video?"
"Well kids, video says there are cheaters and thieves in the world, and it's up to us to beware of them. They don't accept that the odds favor the house. What do you learn in physics class?"
"That the law of averages sooner or later produces extraordinary events."
"Precisely, go thou and do likewise!"
And they did!