2016-11-21

Raven 23

Author P.G. Wodehouse wrote a series of novels about Bertie and his butler, Jeeves. The novels revolved around genteel country estates and comedic romances engendered by the propinquity (nearness, proximity) of those staying under one roof for any significant time. In Right Ho Jeeves (1934), Bertie asks, “What do you call it when two people of opposite sexes are bunged together in close association in a secluded spot meeting each other every day and seeing a lot of each other?”
Jeeves replies, “Is ‘propinquity’ the word you wish, sir?”
Bertie: “It is. I stake everything on propinquity, Jeeves.”
Twenty-two years later, Ian Fleming published the James Bond novel, Diamonds Are Forever (1956). One of the chapters was titled, "Nothing Propinks Like Propinquity."
We become what/who we are near. We become our habits and those we hang around. The little irritants are our great chance. Is not everything staked on propinquity?

PROPINQUITY
The same evening that Gray Wolf appeared was also Cougar's first time at Tallspruce circle. Mole stayed underground throughout the zazen period that day, but poked his nose out for the discussion of karma.

After Raven's final response to Gray Wolf, Cougar asked, "Then is karma just cause and effect?"

Raven said, "Propinquity propinks."

Couger shook his head vigorously and said, "Sometimes it makes me irritated."

Raven said, "Your great chance."
Raven 22

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