I was once told by a relative that “a book can’t teach you how to swim.” As mentioned in a previous blog post, the fact that knowledge and experience are the prerequisites for book reading and not vice versa is something that Nietzsche emphasised, and this fact in turn became the foundation for the phenomenological method of research and knowledge which stand alongside the conventional methods such as empiricism and rationalism in the Western tradition.
Also, whatever one writes or says has actually been written or said by someone in the past. The same statement or thought can also be had simultaneously by two different people who never even contacted one another and are in different places geographically. This relates to the concept known as “synchronicity,” which is arguably a scientific concept that has been discussed at length by various psychologists and physicists. But in the Western world, synchronicity became a well-established concept through the work of the famous psychologist Carl Jung and the colourful physicist Wolfgang Pauli in the 20th century.
At the root of synchronicity is the search for a cause or an explanation for actions and events which are coincidental, interconnected, interrelated, and meaningful. Thus, actions and events which occur synchronistically have meaning and are far from trivial.
In turn, even conflict and war — which are issues that I have discussed over the course of the last few blog posts — are determined largely by the law, principle, or theory of synchronicity. Things that may seem improbable — such as the defeat of the world’s biggest military and economic power by a militia group — have an underlying cause or explanation, even if we cannot find the cause or explanation in a concrete and tangible way.
Also, when a conflict or war brings outsiders into the mix for mediation purposes or when the ‘balance of power’ and tide turns in favour of one party and helps one party against the other, these actions and events are also synchronistic actions and events which have an underlying cause and explanation. Although it seems detached and far away, the cause and explanation — and thus help — is always near.