Saturday, October 06, 2007

Plate of Shrimp

A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.

That particular piece of pseudo-philosophy is from one of my favorite cult films, 1984's Repo Man. While I don't have much faith in the existence of a "cosmic unconsciousness," I still believe that there is some wisdom in that particular monologue.

Yesterday morning, a morning like most others, I was reading an article that was linked from IMDB's homepage. The article was little more than a best-of list concerning documentaries. At number two on the list was The Thin Blue Line, a documentary I had never heard of.

Later on in the day, I was reading an interview on the Onion's AV Club with director Tony Kaye. In the interview, which was mostly concerned with a documentary that he had recently completed, he mentioned The Thin Blue Line. Having then heard mention of an unfamiliar documentary for the second time in a few hours, I went to wikipedia to find out more.

With that curiosity settled, I thought I would read a little bit about each of the other titles on the best-of list that I wasn't already familiar with. I was almost finished reading wikipedia's entry on the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter when the very song for which the documentary was named happened to come on the radio.

Simple coincidences? Evidence of a cosmic unconsciousness? Either way, don't be surprised if someone mentions a plate of shrimp in the near future.

2 comments:

Lucky 13 said...

The informational universe is a funny thing, capable of all kinds of tricks that don't really roll with the whole matter/energy worldview.

An occultist would say that Hermes is trying to tell you something. In the Mythic Tarot, the two cards that deal with this kind of coincidence are the magician and judgement (the former is about creative potential and power, and the latter deals with taking stock of symbols and events and recognizing a Big Lesson or pattern in them).

A science fiction writer might suggest that someone (your future ancestors, maybe) alive in one of many relatively probable futures is trying to send you a signal (via the quantum Bohm computer, a layer of reality deeper than time in which events are both simultaneous and highly contradictory, hence the ambiguity of the message) in order to (somehow) prompt you to act in a way that will (somehow) increase the probability that such a future will happen.

So all you gotta do is figure out what it means.

Good luck.

Lucky 13 said...

Get off your cunt and write some posts, you Atlantic socialist, you.