I've written about coincidences twice before: "Life is a Synchronicity" (9-21-11) and "Coincidences:The Devil's in the Details" (9-29-12). It's said the third time's a charm. So here's another go at it.
Today I heard Progressive talker, Ed Schultz [one of my favorites] say on his radio show---aired here on WCPT---that one of those uncanny coincidences happened to him. I could, of course, really identify with him. These haphazard yet oddly connected juxtapositions of events have been happening to me forever. Fellow ChicagoNow blogger Jenna Karvunidis ["High Gloss and Sauce"] says that she's no stranger to them either.
Here is how Ed Schultz put it: It seems Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave Ed a complimentary copy of his book "On Virtues: Quotations and Insight To Live a Full , Honorable, and Truly American Life." The book went on sale Sunday. Ed explained how he likes to open any book for the first time, not at page one, but somewhere at random.
When he opened the Whitehouse book in this way, he came by chance upon this quote from Abe Lincoln:
"But it has so happened in all the ages of the world that some have laboured, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong and should not continue. To secure to each labourer the whole product of his labour or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government."
Thoughts that resonated with the great champion of the Middle Class that Mr. Schulz is. But Ed was struck by more than Lincoln's ideas. What he found very curious was a remarkable synchronicity, i.e., coincidence. He and his wife Wendy had just seen---for the second time---the Spielberg movie, "Lincoln"!