While I'm on the subject of things I learned in high school:
If I've taken one thing away from the bastion of academia that is East Central High School (cough-horseshit-cough,) it came from my freshman english class.
NOTHING HAPPENS BY ACCIDENT IN A WORK OF FICTION
Take a minute to think about this. Life is very seldom random. More often than not, whatever happens happens for a reason. Apply this wherever you like, and you'll find it provides some interesting perspective.