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
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
Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
Albert Einstein in The World as I See It