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The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Jan 3 2018, 8:04pm

Post #1 of 8 (541 views)
Coincidentally Can't Post

For some people, coincidences are head-scratchers: of fleeting amusement, able to generate a sudden thrill, occasionally hair-raising enough to be remembered years later.

For others, they are a quirk of causal math leaving an impression no more than a second long.

For still others, all or some of the time, coincidences are a sign of something or someone profound and greater than ourselves.

Where do you fall in this spectrum? And are there any coincidences youve experienced that have stayed with you?

I fall in the first group ... most of the time. Wink

And while the following coincidence is tissue-weight in significance, it pleased me when I realized it and prompted this thread.

My husband, daughter and I all happen to have RL names that begin with the letter J. We are widely known among our friends and neighbors as the three Js. In recent months Ive developed an interest in birding, and motivated by Mr. Elf, have started tossing out peanuts for blue jays, who seldom appear in our yard. I started doing it every morning at the same time. It did not take long for the neighborhood blue jays to pick up in the routine. So they appear regularly and raucously three of them. Always three. Smile

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Jan 3 2018, 11:33pm

Post #2 of 8 (485 views)
I think we instinctively look for patterns [In reply to] Can't Post

and more often than not a coincidence is just that. However, there have been times when I've thought someone somewhere is giving things a little nudge in the right direction, or sending a sign.

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Jan 4 2018, 12:12am

Post #3 of 8 (474 views)
I agree, GH [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps because patterns suggest meaning. And meaning somehow offers security. Otherwise, life would be nothing but randomness which is uncomfortably close to chaos. Crazy


Jan 4 2018, 4:21am

Post #4 of 8 (465 views)
Dunno [In reply to] Can't Post

I once considered myself a disciple of causality, but then I stared into the abyss that is quantum mechanics. Using the square root of negative one to describe reality is but one of its horrors.

The East bases much of its science on this irregularity and considers coincidences as the reliable basis of the world rather than causality. Synchronism is the prejudice of the East; causality is the modern prejudice of the West.
- C. G. Jung, Dream Analysis

The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Jan 4 2018, 10:47pm

Post #5 of 8 (416 views)
Whelp, Darkstone, with that said [In reply to] Can't Post

I think mebbe Ill just go back to enjoying the odd synchronisms Life throws at me.

The older I get, the more convinced I am its the simple things that will save us. Cool


Jan 5 2018, 3:55am

Post #6 of 8 (409 views)
... I, like God, do not play with dice and do not believe in coincidence. [In reply to] Can't Post

A quote that sums up my own thoughts on the matter.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Jan 5 2018, 4:06am)

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Jan 6 2018, 5:33pm

Post #7 of 8 (365 views)
Sir, if this grants you greater peace of mind in [In reply to] Can't Post

accepting the unknowable, I envy you your serenity. Order is desirable! But I think mystery is also appealing otherwise the universe might be a tad dull. Wink


Jan 11 2018, 4:50pm

Post #8 of 8 (331 views)
"The dice of God are always loaded." [In reply to] Can't Post

From Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay on Compensation.

I met a Balrog on the stair
He had some wings that weren't there.
They weren't there again today.
I wish he would just fly away.


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