26 July, 2010

Riddle Of Epicurus Coincidence

A coincidence today I received by email from Colin Taylor and shows how coincidences can pop up on the Internet, and Facebook in particular. Here's Colin's story:

Riddle of EpicurusI live in Penkridge near Stafford in England and I am on Facebook. My son jokingly suggested I find other Colin Taylor's to be friends with. So I searched the name and invited a few to reply.

One day I was joining a website for some reason and I was asked my favourite quote. I wrote the Riddle of Epicurus, if you know it, in full and submitted my details.

Two minutes later I get an email from Facebook saying a Colin Taylor had accepted my friend request.

I went on his page for the first time ever as it was not possible for either of us to do so up until that very moment, straight away I could see his status was the Riddle of Epicurus.

I contacted him to tell him and got him to check on the site I had just joined. He confirmed I had written the Riddle five minutes earlier. In addition to this we both had, including each other, 100 Facebook friends.

A bit of a coincidence I feel.

One last thing, the most recent Colin Taylor to pal up with me on Facebook, just happens to be a carpenter (like me), a biker (like me) and unusually has a son named Mathew with one "T" (like me), spooky!

Many thanks Colin.

The Riddle Of Epicurus:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?


There are several variations of the riddle.

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2 comments:

  1. What a good one! Facebook, blogs, the internet generally really do seem to produce environments rich for synchronicity.

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  2. never really thought about coincidences on the internet before but suppose they must happen there 2. interesting riddle.

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