These coincidences may mean nothing, but I will record them just in case. Forgive me if I go into “Paul is dead territory,” as my fiance likes to say.
First, a straightforward coincidence: Philip K. Dick attended a high school called Berkeley High School. My parents met at a high school by that same name in the late 70s (albeit in a different state). Unless, between lives, I somehow saw their diplomas, I can’t see how this would be anything more than coincidence.
Second, a curious and very roundabout coincidence with Gnosticism involving John’s life. John spent his late childhood and young adulthood in the tiny village of East Coker. East Coker was the subject of a poem by T.S. Eliot, which starts with the line “In my beginning is my end.”
Verse 18 of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas (one of the Nag Hammadi Codices) reads as follows (emphasis mine):
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?”
Jesus said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.
Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”
Perhaps it’s just another meme being half-understood and repeated with no mind to meaning. Lately I’ve been very aware of these memes but unable to discern a clear meaning from them, if indeed there ever was one. I don’t want to lapse completely into making connections that aren’t there but I suppose it can’t hurt to note these coincidences for future reference.