Have you heard about Godwinks yet?

They are new in the “feel good” style media line up lately. I was introduced to these once a month motivational segments while at work the other morning when one of our clerks went on her break, tuning in to the ever popular wine drinking duo of Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today show. This is almost routine for this clerk, so I always get to listen to drunken girl talk about headlines while I monotonously cram the fifteenth catalog for an address into a tiny four-inch wide slot in my mail case. Fun, right? Not really.

But there I am doing my usual magazine cram when I hear the earlier mentioned television watching clerk exclaiming,”Oh my God. That is just amazing!” I peak around the corner of my small slot lined cubicle and catch a quick glimpse of what she is watching. It was a story of miraculous coincidence that saved a man’s life after being crushed by work equipment. All of this was being narrated by Squire Rushnell, a succesful former executive of the Today show, and for those of us that can remember School House Rock, he was its father. He has written several books now that are titled after his coined word “Godwink”.

Coincidence is what the now trademarked phrase “Godwink” is all about. In case you aren’t aware of what exactly the word means, Rushnell defines it as meaning “an event, or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing, that it could only have come from divine origin.” So apparently, these ridiculously amazing strokes of luck are a deity’s little benevolent nudge that is Read more here on my blog The Bluegrass Skeptic...

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Comment by Michael Penn on May 20, 2015 at 7:46pm

I read it all and I think it's Hoodwinks. If the man is going ot make any money and attract others to his idea just get god involved. After all, he found your car keys.. :)

Comment by Gerald Payne on May 20, 2015 at 5:39pm

I read a book a few years ago by Havard biological anthropologist Terrence Deacon called 'the symbolic species'. In it he explores the co-evolution of the brain and language, and explains how symbolic thought has led to humans being the only animals capable of imagination. He also explains how it has led to a runaway train effect, with symbolic thought leading to everything from hair brained explanations for accidental occurrences, to conspiracy theories. So spare a thought for the godwink believers, their just too brainy.



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