English expressions like ‘Everything happens for a reason’ sound hokey to some, but not if you believe in fate or destiny. Pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon says, “Things are supposed to happen when they do. I see examples of this almost daily in my life and practice.” In 2011, Dr. Shannon was driving down a coastal highway in California when he was hit by a truck. He was trapped in his vehicle as it caught fire.
Ma Yuanjiang survived eight days trapped under the rubble of an earthquake in China. He had no food or water, so he ate paper and drank his own urine. Ma had no training in survival. He was a business executive, yet somehow, against all odds, he survived longer than almost anyone else who has ever been trapped. How could this be? Movies and books often depict survivors as tough, confident guys, who know everything. But what about in real life? Who is most likely to survive a disaster?