Have you ever been told that an idea is just a coincidence? It's a common way to dismiss something, but how can we be sure if it's just happenstance?
Even scientists struggle with this question. We often think of scientists as logical beings who rely on observation and facts, but sometimes they too fall prey to dismissing an idea as a coincidence.
Take, for instance, the theory of continental drift proposed by German geophysicist Alfred Wegener in the early 1900s. Wegener believed that the continents were once connected in one supercontinent called "Pangaea," which eventually broke apart and moved to create the world we know today.
He found evidence in the rocks and fossils on the coasts of Africa and South America, which were remarkably similar. However, the scientific community dismissed his theory as just a coincidence and even tried to discredit it because it didn't fit their worldview.
It wasn't until almost 40 years later, in the 1950s, that the scientific opinion began to shift, and Wegener's theory of continental drift was finally accepted. This example shows that just because something seems coincidental, it doesn't mean it's not true. The history of science is filled with similar examples, and it should make us skeptical when experts dismiss something as a coincidence.
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer famously stated that all truth goes through three stages:
first, it's ridiculed;
second, it's violently opposed, and
third, it's accepted as self-evident.
This suggests that we should be careful about dismissing things as mere coincidence, as they may be true after all.
So, the next time you hear someone say, "it's just a coincidence," take a closer look and see if there's more to the story. Don't be quick to dismiss an idea just because it doesn't fit your current beliefs or worldview.
After all, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Percy Williams-Bridgeman said, "coincidence is what you have left over after you've applied a bad theory."
A real-life example is the story of Paul Grachan,
Paul had just started dating a woman named Esther and was considering asking her to be his girlfriend. As he paid for his sandwich, he noticed a dollar bill with the name Esther on it.
He found it odd and decided to keep it as a souvenir, something he would not normally do.
Paul later framed the dollar bill as a funny gift for Esther on the day he planned to make their relationship official. However, her reaction was not what he expected.
She was speechless and stared at the bill in shock and confusion. Paul was worried and asked if something was wrong. Esther replied that everything was fine, and agreed to date him exclusively.
Years passed, and Paul forgot all about the dollar bill until he saw it again after he and Esther moved into their new home together.
Esther had kept the bill all this time, and it was then that she finally revealed the reason behind her strange reaction years ago.
As a 19-year-old, Esther was in a bad relationship and doubted if true love existed. She decided to leave her fate to the universe, writing her name on ten different one-dollar bills and hoping that one of them would end up in the hands of her future husband.
When Paul gave her the dollar bill with her name on it, she knew he was the one, but did not want to reveal this early in their relationship.
Paul and Esther's love story is an unlikely one, but they have been married for more than 19 years and have three children together.
Gregg Lavoy once said that the universe sends little hints and winks your way when you're on the right path. Once you start noticing these cosmic clues, you'll begin to see them everywhere.
These signs are what Swiss psychologist Carl Jung referred to as synchronicity - the meaningful coincidence between an event in the world and a thought or feeling in the mind.
Jung believed that life was not a random series of events, but rather an expression of a deeper order called 'unus mundus", similar to Pythagoras' belief that everything in the universe is connected through numbers.
We're all part of a network that creates a sense of universal wholeness, and recognizing this connection is not just an intellectual exercise, but a spiritual awakening.
While Jung didn't deny the possibility of coincidences, some are connected so meaningfully that their chances of happening would be virtually impossible to explain.
Therefore, we shouldn't ignore synchronicities when they happen, but instead, we should pay careful attention to them.
For instance, if you dream about someone and then run into them the next day, you should ask yourself what this means and the message you're supposed to draw.
It takes us beyond the material world and implies a deeper, unseen order in the universe. Our universe and life itself can be considered an almost impossible coincidence, as the physical laws we see around us seem to be perfectly arranged to support life. There are mathematical constants in nature, like the speed of light and gravity, that seems just right for our universe to contain life.
If we dive deeper, we find another kind of synchronicity concerning numbers, referred to as angel numbers in numerology. When you keep seeing numbers repeatedly in different situations and ways, it's not an accident - it's happening for a reason. These recurring numbers are messages from the universe, much like recurring dreams are messages from our subconscious minds. Whether or not we take advantage of these messages depends entirely on us.
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