“Coincidences” Don’t Exist and Other Mental Breaks with Colonialism
Even with the rejection of colonialism, the education the average American receives informs said person that they are “special”. In a Universe filled with meteor showers, black holes and sulfuric atmospheres the odds against human existence are too great to dismiss our lives as inevitable. If humans, or Life Itself, is inevitable, we would have neighbors in our own solar system. So far, all we have found are traces of water.
Atheist Richard Dawkins made light of the religious concept of coincidence during his illustrious career. Science reveals that we live in an orderly Universe based on principles. Chance doesn’t occur. Humanity, with its limited range of observational senses, may not be able to perceive the full extent of the “Cause and Effect”-chain reaction, however, that does not mean that events occur through happenstance.
Personally, I agree with Dawkins, coincidences don’t exist. We still use the word, because it is practical. For us, the individual human being, coincidences do occur. They are crossroads that we experience inside the “Cause and Effect”-chain reaction.
Dawkins is rebelling against the idea introduced by colonialism that coincidences are evidence that our lives have meaning. A religious concept is not needed to boost the individual’s self-worth. “God” doesn’t need to anoint an individual personality to affect societal change or inspire insight. The existence of said personality is anointing enough. Certain conditions must come into being to produce a Steve Jobs, who completely transforms technology, or an Albert Einstein, who advances our collective understanding of the Universe. The fact that such conditions arose is awe-inspiring enough without using mythical tales of fantasy.
Despite how small we are in the grand scheme of things, we are intrinsically special.
Coincidences create a sense of awe and wonder in our minds. How, we ask ourselves, did the “Cause and Effect”-chain reaction conspire to make the experience we just had happen? And, what is the EFFECT of that occurrence? What’s going to happen now?
If human existence is special and nothing is happening by chance, if we begin paying attention to coincidences won’t their become a sort of guidance system?
This gives rise to the concept, “God has a plan for your life.” Again, while we reject the language being used, on many levels, the idea being transmitted is true. The restlessness clearly evident in America begs the question, “If a plan exists, what does that really make me?” Is the human being an automaton? Are we dealing with pre-destination? If so, then, does it really matter what I think or do?
The answer remains that it DOES matter. Every decision made individually and collectively by humanity affects the “Cause and Effect”-chain reaction. Otherwise, humanity would not be apart of the Universe, which IS the chain reaction.
Again, we return to the intrinsic worth of the human being. We can confidently state that our actions co-create the Universe. We do not have all power, like an colonialism-inspired superman, however, the power that we do have is significant enough for us to value it.
The fact that our actions possess the power to affect the unfolding of the Universe inspires us to continue paying attention to coincidences.
We even find, through experimentation, that if we pay attention to coincidences that they happen more and more frequently. This is called listening to the Universe.
For example, a flat tire leads to a chance encounter with an old co-worker. The co-worker helps with the flat and states there is an opening at his new job. You attend the old job where a management change has occurred. You are at odds with the new boss. He writes you up that very day.
Now you have a choice to make. Do you remain at this position and adjust to the new management or do you walk through the new door that just opened? It’s YOUR choice and it does matter.
In the dynamic manner, those who learn how to read coincidence, appear to those who do not to live in a magical manner. They flow from one moment to the next, putting up little resistance to change. To put up little resistance to change is a mark, in most minds, of spirituality.