Blogger Dick Richards is musing on Jung's concept of synchronicity in his latest blog post about parrots and pirates.
He says: "“Temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.” That barely comprehensible phrase is how Carl Jung once described what he called “synchronicity.” Fortunately, it isn’t all that hard to understand: improbable events happen that did not cause one another, and that seem connected in some way that appears to mean something that isn’t immediately obvious."
I've always liked that concept, and have experienced the feeling that Dick is writing about, that recent events seem connected.
For me this past week, it was Hair and Greeks. Hair, the landmark Broadway show about the Sixties. And Greeks as in people from Greece. Suffice to say, that within a two to three day period, I kept encountering both.
Why? There is sometimes an ineffable connectedness in life.
You notice it, but you can't explain it.
You wonder if the universe is trying to tell you something, but you don't get it.
Looked at poetically, or like analysis of dreams, one could say that the message in Hair is about letting go and freeing oneself from societal convention. And perhaps the message in Greeks is a zest for living, as in Zorba the Greek whose lusty exuberance taught that the aim of a man's life is to create joy, set free the spirit, and spread happiness.
Could that be the message?
Posted by Terrence Seamon, September 28, 2009