I believe in that voodoo mumbo jumbo Jung philosophy known as synchronicity.
M.W. calls it "the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality."
I'll just take "the coincidental...similar thoughts in widely separated persons...that seem related".
Now there are often possible and plausible explanations for this. Maybe the night before there was a program on Discovery Channel that talked about frog spit that you watched for five minutes, your coworker saw a promo for and the teacher watched the whole damn thing, deciding to turn it into a lesson at school. You see, it seems mysterious, but it's not.
But sometimes the mystery cannot be solved (other than to call it something obtuse like common brain patterning) and we must assume that our little minds can't explain every single causality in the universe. Because we can't.
I think maybe Sting said it best:
"A connecting principle
Linked to the invisible
Logic so inflexible
Yet nothing is invincible"
I told you it was mumbo jumbo.
But if these common thoughts do exist, then what is the source? Where do they start? Are they born out of a single person, or are they the result of subtly linked minds working in tandem in some way, creating inspiration or idea when enough lines of thought cross simultaneously?
Does this ever happen to you with your friends or partner or children? What about on a bigger level, like nationally or even internationally? Do you remember a time when you thought something and then noticed others thinking the same thing at the same time?
How often does this occur unnoticed because nobody compares notes?
Something to think about, anyway.
Thanks for reading.
Off to ponder.