a manifestation of divine care or direction
I believe in providence. How else to explain the fact that I was born to nurturing parents as a middle-class white female in the wealthiest country in the world, as opposed being born to poverty stricken, child abusing, female denigrators in a third world country?
But I also believe that if you ascribe to providence- you have to have some belief that explains the manifestation of the opposite of providence in the world. And I don't know that I really do, or what I call that- except bad luck.
The other day I was playing backgammon and I desperately needed to roll a three- and I rolled a double three. I was feeling really, really lucky until I realized that the double meant that I had to leave one of my guys open and it got picked off at a crucial point in the game. I ended up losing.
So when it's life-altering good luck, I call it providence. When it's petty bad luck- I call it bad luck. I don't know what to call life-altering negative circumstances. I would say "life"- as in accepting that those are part of the condition of being alive- except there are so many circumstances of that where I think that's defeatist thinking and giving up- especially when there are whole populations of people being held down by situations that could and should be changed (such as the negative circumstances that affect especially female children who are born in some third world countries). It seems kind of callous to say to those people, "That's life."