New Year's Eve. Another year is over.
These words from writer Walter Savage Landor will serve to sum up the year:
"Taken as a whole, the universe is absurd."
As a kid, and again as a college student, Sully had loved Dickens. The many coincidences in Dickens’ novels confirmed his suspicion that the universe was much smaller than anyone knew, too small to get away from anyone. Taking the word coincidence to mean the simultaneous occurrence of separate events, then there were an almost infinite number of coincidences happening every second, weren’t there? An individual’s consciousness was simply the mediator between these events, forging connections that would not have existed otherwise. -- Chapter 29, The Misforgotten.