In German, to have been lucky is to have “had pig.”
Luck is related to the notion of chance, yet it is focused on magic rather than statistical probability.
When something awful happens to us, we cannot help but need to answer the question as to why. No matter how statistically or historically understandable, the issues of fortune and misfortune linger on, influencing our actions.
In the ruins all our own, fortune and misfortune exist in a push-pull of scientific and mathematical assurance, forever mixed with notions of fortune. In situations of death and mourning, from the avoidance and relief of suffering to situations of inheritance, fortune abounds.
In the ruins all our own, the pig is one of the key allegorical tools for understand this fortune and misfortune.
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