Monday, June 20, 2005

Synchronicity Revisited

This is a follow-up to my post of 21st May in which I started exploring the Jungian concept of synchronicity.

On the 27th of May, Monkey received an sms from our superhero BG which said, “…I’ve crossed the proverbial Rubicon and am not sure how all will turn out.” The Rubicon, if you will remember, is where Julius Caesar said “Alea iacta est.”

Then on the 31st of May, kd made a remark about “gnashing of teeth”.

On the same day, Monkey brought me a book called There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives. The book had been sitting on Monkey’s bookshelf. He did not know why he had the book; it is not at all the sort of thing he reads. He remembered picking it up somewhere but he had never so much as leafed through it. When he grabbed it off his bookshelf that day to bring it to me, a postcard that I had sent him fell out of the book.

I did not look at the book until this weekend just gone because I had been reading Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being for a book club meeting (sophisticated piss-up) I am going to with Jono next time I am in London. I finished the Kundera book on Friday and opened the Synchronicity book on Saturday. The introduction, titled “The Stories We Live, The Connections We Make”, began with a quote:

It is wrong, then, to chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidences…but it is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life. For he thereby deprives his life of a dimension of beauty.

The quote was taken from Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

As I read the Synchronicity book and prepare my Kundera for the book club meeting, I expect I will have more to say about it all.


Anonymous said...

This post sucks almost as bad as DD talking about his lunch. Maybe you two should do a dual-post!?

Here is a topic...snacks had at the book club meeting.

Good Luck!!!

Monkey's Max said...

SS Wannabe

Good idea - maybe DD and I will do a dual post someday.

And I will be sure to report about the book club meeting. I already know that the essential refreshment will be wine. And knowing Jono (it will be at his house), I will be sent out to buy the snacks anyway because he will be working late.

Anonymous said...

and any random hook-ups would be cool too...we need more three-some stories!!

Monkey's Max said...

Not likely, More Threesomes Please. The group is 2 married couples, a gay man and me. Sorry to disappoint.

Anonymous said...

Then go for the ... uh... the..... 6 some!!! YEAH!!!
6 Some!!!

Monkey's Max said...

I think that by 6 you can just call it an orgy.

Ciao Riccardo! said...

Not all gay men do the sex thing. But if they did, there would be a whole lot of syncronicity of something I bet.

Anonymous said...

Good point max...

AuntBoo said...

Cool... I was looking up the quote from "Unbearable Lightness" that was in "There Are No Accidents", because I'm writing an article about a strange synchronicity I had with those 2 books, and couldn't remember the complete quote. Many thanks for posting this here :)