Sometimes, through long experience, scholarship, and sheer intelligence, we manage to suss out the truth.
Sometimes, though, it's just pure chance.
An older woman came to me at the front desk of the library. She needed a new library card. She had lost hers. I informed her that it would cost two dollars to replace a lost card. She told me her card would have been from a long time ago. It had been years since she had been to the library.
I looked her up. "You're no longer in the system." I said. "So I can just get you a new card and not charge anything."
"Good." She replied, pleased to save the two bucks.
"Time solves all our problems." I said.
Then, taken aback, I reflected.
"And creates them."