That they’re not that far from their lives collapsing
That one thing can put them in the ditch. It could be a flat tire on the freeway, a tree branch that’s been waiting to break hit suddenly by the right wind, a virus snaking around the alley, a burly man moved to anger defending his mean dog, carpeted stairs that turn slippery, bones breaking out loud, clattering.
It is useless to be righteous. To claim superiority because of one’s good intentions, one’s resume crammed with achievement and recognition. Happenstance doesn’t care if you have medals on your chest or plaques on your wall. A person can’t earn their way out of being struck by lightening.
So, that’s something most people don’t understand. Life can turn on a dime.