Think of the small group
of people you have ended up running into
and spending time with over the course
of your life. Some may be friends, others not. A big part of Vonnegut's Karass
concept revolves around coincidence evolving beyond
the realm of the mystical.
The author suggests
a divine plan behind the interactions of those within a karass
, but adds it is unlikely that it's purpose will
ever be revealed. I suspect it is, like the universe itself, recursive in function.
In summary, to begin to understand one's karass
and those who are entwined within it, simply look
for a common denominator between all those you have spent substantial time with, by choice
or otherwise. The collective experiences garnered through these contacts both become and determine one's karass
I have a friend who I went through 6 years of elementary school with and then Jr. High. We were friends, but from different neighborhoods
so not especially close. I quit high school, and after we only maintained sporadic contact. Several years later
we both ended up as belated Freshman
at the same university in Florida.
Through mutual friends we kept
in touch for 5 or so years after college, then were disconnected again when
I moved to California. A few months ago we found each
other once again in the metaverse, and I just sent him an email today explaining karass, and how I always saw us as part of one. Disappointed
after looking into what was available via Google, I ended up here posting
this definition. Karass?