A while ago I received an e mail entitled ‘Coincidences 11?’ What follows is a long list of things that one way or another equal 11 and are grouped around the theme of September 11th. The last few things get you to change a flight number into Windings and asks you: ‘what do you think now?!!’ Initially my response was a straightforward: what a pile of bollocks, then a rather confused, OK plane flying into two bits of paper (alright, I see they are supposed to be the
Then again logical thought encourages us to look for patterns or coincidences in order to understand the world. For instance:
The sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180°, a quadrilateral 360°, a pentagon 540°. As a side is added to a shape the sum of the interior angles increases by 180°, so logically two triangles must make a quadrilateral and three triangles must make a pentagon and so on.
The never ending quest for patterns has enabled humankind to learn and develop.
Patterns can also be akin to superstitions. When I watch
Yet the never ending quest for patterns has made me begin to find them where really they shouldn’t be. At certain times of the year things happen to me. This number is significant because that is when everything tends to right royally fuck up. I am engaged in a battle with myself over logical and illogical thought. It was logical thought that led me to these illogical frankly superstitious conclusions.
When I sift through my own life I want to slap myself across the head because I’m an idiot. When I tell my colleagues that Mr. X is an assassin listing reasons a – g they laugh all the way, but the big joke is that about halfway through you can see them really thinking about it. That’s logical thought again.
So I suppose my conclusion is that there is a fine line between idiot and searching for patterns for the improvement of humankind (although the assassin joke is probably quite close to idiot as well).