Miracles or Coincidences?

People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. ……. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences? – Graham Hess (Signs  2002)

For the full quote, click here.

Late last night in a state between wanting to sleep and not sleepy enough, K was flpping channels and landed on some channel showing Signs, the movie by M Night Shyamalan that was not a hit. When the movie first released, I remember being intrigued by the promos enough to go read up on crop circles.

Done with typing away my previous post I would have called it a day with K snoring away next to me and the TV on in a low volume. I had not caught the full story but the above dialogue was playing and it caught my fancy. The rest of the movie was nothing to talk about but the words above registered themselves in my psyche.

You see, most of my life I have been alternating between being part of both groups. Willing myself to believe in miracles and sometimes pushing myself to question everything. There is enough wonder in me for the mystical for me not to dismiss it. There is enough of a skeptic in me to not believe in miracles. In some ways I could relate to the growing fear in Graham Hess’s character as the movie progresses.

I don’t know the answer to the question that Graham poses yet I wish I did. What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Miracles or Coincidences?

  1. Beautiful… thanks for the link, I enjoyed it. This is a topic that is very close to hear, would love to write about it when I have the bandwidth to collect my thoughts on this topic.

  2. WEll, as you have already read my thoughts on this, I don’t have too much to offer. : ) Of course, Signs is one of my favorite movies. The metaphors it visually depicts is breathtaking.

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