Tuesday, June 5, 2007

When You're Looking, You're Seeing

Have you ever had a feeling like "reverse deja-vu"? You hear about something and suddenly it's ubiquitous? You get a new car and now you see the same exact car everywhere?

You're writing songs and lyrics pop into your head 3 times a day. Your son is writing a comedy routine for the talent show and now everything he says is funny. Everyone is talking about Burger King today...(?)

I learned on the internet that this experience of sudden ubiquity is called the "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon". Scientists explain it as the brain's form of pattern recognition. Here's the article: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=417

So, there are a couple of different ways of looking at this: The statistics of probability working through brain chemistry? The synchronicity of the Jungian collective unconscious?

But on a day that is so tough you're not sure you want to go through any more days, and on top of that you have to go shopping, when you see three different people at the store who say "Hi! How are you?" and give you a hug... You realize that all these little things are just priming the pump so you can see the signs when God shows you that he loves you.

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Superpower of Marginal Utility: Being able to distinguish between colors that are really, really, really close.
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(New Category!)
Touche, Cliche: The pot's not boiling because you don't have the lid on, silly!
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Mashup I am not going to make: "Figlio Perduto" and "He Needs Me, He Needs Me"

2 comments:

PJtoledo said...

Deep thoughts Qaro!

When you are looking you can begin to see the traces of where God is or has been.

Perhaps the Superpower of marginal utility may help us not only distinguish between colors that seem really really really close but also between simple coincidence and the orchestration of divine providence.

Random Deep Thought: "When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil."

Qaro said...

Thank you, PJ! Cool deep thoughts! : )