A Coincidence of Strange: Is There Synchronicity in the Recent Alignment of Luther Strange, Doctor Strange, Dr. Strangelove & Taking a Knee?
Synchronicity is the word Carl Jung coined to describe meaningful coincidence. In his lexicon, coincidence was meaningful when contents from your unconscious mind (dreams) lined up in an unmissable and non-causal way with events in your waking life. Bottom line: When this happens, you should pay attention. The Universe may be trying to tell you something.
Perhaps you already know that a new edition of Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative 2009 bestseller, Our Kind of People, was published not too long ago. The book deals with class distinctions among African-Americans and the issue of “passing for white.” I learned about the updated edition from my daily Delancey Place newsletter, but I remember the original book well. It resonated with me. And still does. Not only because I grew up hearing the term passant blanc (passing for white, passer pour le blanc) from my New Orleans relatives, but also because I lived in Atlanta when segregation obscured the fact that black communities were often divided along class lines.
It was the frame. Of course. He could see that now. Had it been painted some other color, there'd have been no effect at all. But this was a gilt frame. When the sun caught its golden edge at a particular time of day, the movie poster within its periphery looked lit from within. Like a theater-lobby marquee. The phenomenon was so real, Sloane could practically smell hot-buttered popcorn when it occurred.
The whole thing was a bit eerie, but now that he had it figured out, he felt uplifted by it. As if the spectacle, though mere physics, carried some message of reassurance intended only for him. And possibly for Syl, too. After all, the reproduction hung on her bedroom wall, where you couldn’t help but see it first thing in the morning or whenever your head lay lazily upon the pillows. During the illusion's brief spell, the poster seemed dreamy, almost hypnotic. But that didn't stop Sloane from seeing the slant of light as a positive thing--a counterargument to what was clearly improper and unacceptable. Taboo even.
That was not a word either of them would have used, of course. But other people, whoever they were. Well.
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