In case you were wondering, I did finish The Last Symbol in time for book club. Three hundred pages in two days may possibly be a record for me.
The book was ok, but it did make me stop and think about something that I never thought I would. One of the main characters in the book is a scientist who studies noetics which is the science of intellect or thought. There were two parts that struck me (granted it’s a work of fiction). First, her research showed that a person’s thoughts has a measured weight. Second of all, they were studying the power of collective thought. Of course, this is the simplified version of the book. I’m usually skeptical about this type of theory, but there is something about it that makes me wonder.
Just this week, I might have seen the power of collective thought in action. Last week, it rained and rained for days on end. I’ll tell you what, when you are a school teacher, the rain sucks. Looking at the weather forecast for this week, Tuesday was going to be a very rainy day. Well, I logged onto Facebook and told everyone to think dry, sunny thoughts because I just couldn’t handle another rainy day at work.
Can you guess what happened Tuesday? That’s right, it did not rain until late in the afternoon. We got through all but that last 10 minutes of the day without rain, and even then it was just a light rain.
Now, it could have just been luck. The weather forecasts are often incorrect. Or it could have been that all the teachers who are my Facebook friends put their collective heads together and hoped and wished the rain away.
What do you think?