In an “oldie but a goodie” article, David Cain writes Does Your Story Have This Common Weakness?
Basically he is talking about deus ex machina and how it is not just found in literature, but also within the very lives that we live. Mainly, that we can end up living our lives waiting for something to happen instead of actively working to get things done.
At least that is what I got out of it. I’ll leave you to read the whole article and judge for yourself.