I had no idea matchmaking is Israel’s national pastime. Then again, I’m not surprised. Israelis are resourceful people, so why wouldn’t that resourcefulness extend to matchmaking?
I knew a couple – the husband was a liberal while the wife was the polar opposite. I wondered, ”How the hell did these two get together?” But, as you know, love strikes in unexpected places. It’s as if God’s laughing at us, mocking our sense of control over our lives. ”I hate group A and I’ll never talk to group A. They are dead to me.” And then you end up married to a member of group A, much to the dismay of families on both sides.
God has a twisted sense of humor sometimes.
Chinese people are also known for their remarkable matchmaking skills. Marriage markets aren’t unusual in China. You even have elite matchmakers who will stop at nothing to get a partner for their wealthy client. I hope they don’t go as far as Nero, who forced a slave boy called Sporus to be a woman. Some historians believe Sporus was actually a threat to Nero’s reign. Terrified of losing his right to rule, Nero commanded his servants to ensure Sporus was going to be eliminated from the race to the Roman Throne. Or maybe it’s all just propaganda and Nero was actually a nice guy. I don’t have a time machine to tell you.
Some even say love can conquer death. Have you heard of spirit guides? They are similar to guardian angels, except spirit guides lived human lives. If there is indeed an afterlife, the idea of spirit guides sounds logical to me. We each have a unique set of experiences. There’s someone still alive who is faced with similar challenges to the ones we were going through when we were alive. When we pass on, we are then asked by God, or choose someone who could use our help, because we had been there, done that. Or, maybe, spirit guides resonate with someone still alive. It doesn’t need to be a family member. It can be a stranger who could benefit from our wisdom and smarts.
I don’t know how it works. I don’t know if it’s real but I like the idea. Apparently, spirit guides use synchronicities to communicate with the living (a set of coincidences that are actually a message meant for you). If you ask a psychiatrist, he or she is going to tell you that’s nonsense and anyone who claims to be experiencing synchronicities is either schizophrenic, or psychotic. It certainly could be the case. Gets tricky, huh?
I, for one, choose to believe there’s more to life than mere matter.
More and more scientists agree that matter is all there is view is an outdated, nineteenth century, mindset.