This movie brings to mind a phrase I often hear: It figures. This comes up when something bad happens that was not planed but figures when it happens. The Hidden Figures. There is here an expectation of something going wrong, that when something upsetting happens…then all the figures are in and It Figures.
This is an ambiguous statement. It figures goes two ways. Something unexpected is always going to happen. One’s figures are never perfect. Something is always going to be left out. In Zen it’s expressed by the cow going through the gate; the tail never gets through.
No figuring, no theory, no idea, can contain the totality. Some figures are always going to be left out. So when the missing piece appears as the “mistake”…well, it figures. Now the picture is complete…but the meaning is the “I lose again.”
The assumption here is that I’m always going to lose, to be disappointed, to have the rug pulled out from under me. It figures…is my unfortunate fate. But this “figure” is not complete either because it figures that every positive is going to turn negative. Every win is going to turn into a lose. But this “figure” stops short and doesn’t figure in that every lose is also a win. Everything is win/lose, not win/win or lose/lose.
When “it figures” happens, that really means that you were just relieved from the obstruction of an assumption that your “figures” were correct. The real assumption that is being challenged here is that you are a victim, and it is going to “figure” that all your plans are going to fail. “It figures,” is just an assumption that we are always coming up with the negative instead of the positive. Life is positive/negative. The final figure is that you are always at Zero, which is neither.