DISCUSSION: Contingencies are random historical events that affect our lives. They didn’t occur because of the choice of an individual, at least not initially.
Answer C could be a contingency, but it doesn’t have to be. As far as we know, that person lives in the city because of their own choice and not because of a random contingency.
Examples of contingencies: birth year, gender, height, eye color, native language.
Example of non-contingency: College major, husband/wife, workplace, etc. Basically anything you can choose.
- If something happens to you randomly and it affects your future behavior, then it’s a contingency.
- The person didn’t choose to be born in a farming area, but it affected their actions. It’s a contingency.
- CORRECT. You generally choose where you live. If you choose something, it isn’t a contingency. And the decision isn’t very important (“visiting friends”).
- Definitely a contingency. If your parents are catholic, and you’re catholic, their religion probably has something to do with your beliefs. It’s your own choice, but it’s not completely your own choice.
- You don’t choose to be born poor. If that affects your future decisions, then it’s a contingency.
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