How much do we control?

The thing that every person wants is control, but just how much of our lives and the world do we really control? Many of our daily activities give the false appearance that they are easily controlled, but if we take a step back and look at all of our surroundings we will see that there are aspects that aren't up to us. Like a hot air balloon pilot, we can control the path of our flight to a degree, but the real deciding factor on where we can go is the wind. We can make as many decisions to influence our lives as we would like, but in the end there are too many things to look after. We can not truly control everything we would like.

A balloon pilot can control the height at which he flies and can catch certain winds to get where he needs to go, but in the grand scheme of things, if the wind is not blowing in the direction he wants, he can not fly. Just like our life, we can control a lot of things, but in the grand scheme of things, there are too many things for us to try and control.
Da5id was taken over by a virus that eventually took over his real body. We can take measures to prevent ourselves from getting sick, but no matter what we do there will always be a bug that can get to us. In our daily lives, we are usually given "sick" days incase an illness does present itself. Even though we would much rather not get sick, sometimes it is just out of our control.
The oceans are uncontrollable. The moon controls the tides and the wind controls the waves. The water, and it's extension ice-nine, were uncontrollable to the characters in "Cat's Cradle. They thought they understand how to use ice-nine safely, but in the end they lost control of it. Humans need to approach all of our ground-breaking inventions with a certain type of caution. Even though we may think we understand it all, there will always be things to learn.
Pierce Walker, the farmer in "Working," said multiple times how the weather can make or break his harvest. "You take it like you git." (p4) Poor weather could ruin his harvest, and in turn ruin him. A summer with no sun, or an overly-cold fall can destroy an entire season of work. The job of a farmer has been around for thousands of year, and it seems like a miracle that farmers can survive the things they can't control.
We are inhabitants of a world where war is a constant threat. Ever since the creation of the atomic bomb, the amount of weaponry at our disposal has never ceased to increase. The power we have at our disposal is enough to destroy the earth multiple times over. As for now, we seem to have a good grasp on our weapons, but it may be only a matter of time before humans lose control of a war and damage the Earth beyond repair.
Adolf Hitler was able to complete one of the most drastic changes of a society with his words. The actions that occurred after Hitler came into power went completely out of control. The power of someones words can cause such a massive change that the change becomes uncontrollable. If we check how the crowd is responding to his speech at the first part of the video caption and put it against how they react at the end, we can see the true power Hitler had using only his voice. He changed a nation with words alone.
Fires are a prime example of a loss of control. The fighting in "The Yellow Birds" could begin out of no where, like the fire in the video caption. All could appear to be calm and controlled, but in the matter of a couple seconds, everything can be changed.
Drugs were one of the turning points in the life of Roberta Victor, hooker from "Working." Her job began well when she worked for high-class customers, but once her drug problem began to control her, she fell far from grace. She began to work only to keep her drug habit afloat and slowly lost control of the other aspects of her life. She described her life, "You wake up at noon, there's not very much to do till nine or ten that night. Everybody else is at work, so you shoot heroin." (p61)
Greed infected the hearts of those in Personville just like it infected the heart of Judas. Men and women fought to the death in Personville to make some money. Dinah was a prime example of greed in "Red Harvest." Nothing she did was for free. She was always looking to make a dollar or two, which is illustrated from one of her first lines in the book, "I could give you some help, but there'd have to be something in it for me." (p34)
Sometimes there is nothing we can do about death, whether it be our own or of a loved one. Papa Monzano, for example, was taken by an illness at the arrival of all the other main characters. There were probably steps he could have taken to stay healthier longer, but in the end, some type of sickness or something out of his control would have taken over.
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