The Parallel Lines Theory

Yesterday I had some talk with @yasser_wahyudin. It was just keep in touch conversation like we usually do. But yesterday I found an interesting topic that pretty much made me realize one thing to another. It sounds silly but I like the fact that it is an interesting analogy conversation.

We went around from reminding each other about our own targets and then leading into that topic of relationship, general relationship, love life, family, friends, and so on. He’s studying in France now for his scholarship, which made me curious and asked him, “How is it going there? Meeting new friends? Girls?” stuffs that actually often brought up though it’s seems like already discussed in previous conversation. “It’s actually kinda lonely sometimes, but it’s the risk that I took by coming here and it made me want to finish everything here as soon as possible so I can go back sooner.”

Maybe it’s quite embarrassing to admit that I’m one of those kind that actually afraid of saying goodbye. That insecure feeling that often risen up of losing those people that I put as part of my inner circle. I know that everyone will go their own way, but however the situation is, it’s never wrong to make sure that the relationship is going well.

“People come and go, but only the best remain. The funny thing is, maybe most of the time, what I hold so tightly, it slips away. And then it reminds me of the holding sands theory. The more you squeeze it, the faster it slips through your fingers. So it left me with some thoughts that all I can do is to find the intersection between me and the others which in common.”

“Don’t find the intersection. It also reminds me of the parallel lines theory.”

“Parallel lines?”

“Yep, haven’t you heard it? Or seen it? It’s from 9gag hahaha.”

“Nope. Explain.”

“Parallel lines theory. Each of us has our own line, or track you can say. At some point we have to realize that we can’t force that intersection. Just don’t enforce something that you’re not naturally able to force. We have our own lines, and if the faith said so, your line runs side by side with those people that said to have faith of walk along your life.”

“Interesting. Keep going.”

“I will send you the picture”


“So, what is the concrete form of what we call as intersection? And isn’t it pretty sad too believing that we only walk along but never meet?”

“I’d still choose the parallel lines after all. Let’s see the fact that sometimes we argue, we drift apart, there are things that we have in common, and there are things that we have opposite point of view. But no matter how hard the situation is, our lines will go back to the track that we actually can choose whether I want to put my line track along side by side again with you or not.”

“And maybe we didn’t realize that once or twice or more that we actually met at the intersection. Then we drift apart as the anti-climax and as a matter of choice, or fate (?) our lines approached again and still running side by side. So when we talk about numbers of people, this world consists of super complex crossing lines.”

“Agree. And we have just to make sure, that our lines are still running side by side, closely, with those that matter to us. As you said, it’s a matter of choice and fate.”

As in math science explanation, lines are parallel if they lie in the same plane, and are the same distance apart over their entire length. So there will always be a distance between us, but the length of it is another different case.

And as long as you don’t take these parallel lines as in geometry science, this wouldn’t be such a serious thing to be discussed to, because actually in spherical geometry, parallel lines meet twice. In projective geometry, parallel lines intersect at an ideal point as in the limit infinity. Getting complex worse? That’s why just see it in as simple as you can hahaha.


This parallel lines theory reminds me of that Chinese string numbers theory (which I knew from ‘Touch’ US tv series). There’s an ancient Chinese myth about the red thread of fate, it said God have a red thread around everyone of our ankles and attached to all the people whose lives are destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it’ll never break.

The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way ~ Wikipedia


Here are some interesting quotes from the main character, a gifted 11 year old boy named Jake Bohm

7 billion people on a tiny planet, suspended in the vastness of space, all alone. How we make sense of that is the great mystery of all of our existence. Maybe it’s being alone in the universe that holds us all together, keeps us needing each other in the smallest of ways, creating a quantum entanglement of you, of me, of us. And if that’s really true, then we live in a world where anything is possible. ~ Jake Bohm

The threads that connect us are not bound by space and time. What seems to the individual like a twist of fate from one perspective is simply one of those threads pulled tight… how things should have been all along. And even when those threads seem irreparably frayed, they never break. Not completely. But sometimes the most important connection… is here and now. ~  Jake Bohm

If two points are destined to touch, the universe will always find a way to make the connection. Even when all hope seems lost, certain ties cannot be broken. They define who we are and who we can become. Across space, across time, along paths we cannot predict- nature always finds a way. ~ Jake Bohm

This whole thing about parallel lines, or that red string of fate just made me fell grateful to be blessed by my favorites lines in life. Family, lover, and friends. And to believe that if our lines are destined to walk along side by side, if we are destined to meet at the intersection, no matter at certain situations our lines are drifting apart, if the destiny said so, we’d still be back together, gather together at our each own inner circle and forming sets as in math like a picture in venn diagram.


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