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.
Sometimes the afternoon sun embedded itself in such a way that the movie poster became a marquee. Looked lit from within, as if plucked from a theater lobby rich with the smell of buttered popcorn and the promise of vicarious adventure. It was just a movie poster. The play of light around the gilt-edged frame would not last long. And yet, Sloane felt lifted by the illusion. As if it 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. A dreamy image. To be absorbed whether you realized it or not. Coming just now, at this particular moment, the sun’s marquee-effect offered a counterargument to what was surely improper and unacceptable. Taboo even.
This was not how either of them saw it, of course. But other people, whoever they were. Well.
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