January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

  1. 1.
    a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
    “it was a coincidence that she was wearing a jersey like Laura’s”
    synonyms: accidentchanceserendipityfate, a twist of fate, destinyfortuity,fortuneprovidencefreakhazard; More

  2. 2.
    the fact of corresponding in nature or in time of occurrence.
    “the coincidence of interest between the mining companies and certain politicians”
    synonyms: co-occurrence, coexistence, conjunction, simultaneity,simultaneousness, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness,concomitancesynchronicitysynchrony; More

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    Take the second definition and put aside the first. Of corresponding occurrence.

    Let me argue that where we see pattern, it is not entirely an internal fabrication, a random interpretation of signs. Without bringing the divine into the equation, consider that people are coming to awareness, across the planet, of the same ideas. You might call it union, you might point to oneness and God, or you might consider that we are evolving as a race at the same forward-moving point in history — it’s difficult, really, to defend the idea that we are moving backwards — and that similar phenomenon are being experienced around the planet, across the globe. We are being exposed to similar things, particularly in the well-ripened age of the internet; that should-be democratic and limitless expanse of information and ideas of all sort.

    So, shared stimuli — more, or less, depending on your wealth and your freedom. Your education.
    If we’re reacting to similar things, patterns may be observed, ideas occurring in multiple heads, communicated and developed.

    That said,
    I read Plato, I read Saul Bellow, I read Nietzsche, and I see ideas rocketed back at me from long gone, years and years ago. Time past. Backwards. Ideas that have been rolling anew in my head, expressed there, too. So, human consciousness — the realisations of mankind, are they timeless? Do we have a memory that predates our birth? Or are we born into the world clean and ignorant, and gradually absorb and respond to it; the remnants? The work and knowledge of our forefathers?


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