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September 20, 2009

Shana Tova! ‘Id Sa’id!

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on September 20, 2009

Some random thoughts (or thoughts on randomness) regarding today’s joyful celebration of Rosh Hashana and Eid ur-Fitr.


Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which—miraculously, it seems—merge into a significant event. It provides the neatest paradigm of the bisociation of previously separate contexts, engineered by fate. Coincidences are puns of destiny. In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot; in the coincidental happening, two strings of events are knitted together by invisible hands. (Arthur Koestler)



Do sad people have in


It seems

They have all built a shrine

To the past

And often go there

And do a strange wail and


What is the beginning of


It is to stop being

So religious

Like That.

 Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky


Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.

Albert Einstein in The World as I See It

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 21, 2009 @ 7:29 am

The poetry of HAFIZ (13th Century Persian?) should be required reading for all literate people.

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