Thanks for your posts everyone, it's a relief to know so many of you understand where I'm coming from. I too studied Carl Jung's thoughts on symbolism. For example, Jung concluded that we see 'Christ' as a symbol of 'self' .
The vietnam veteran Oliver Stone used the crucifixion image in his film 'Platoon' for good reason. Many vets identify with the crucifixtion image (its a recurring image in art therapy) because they can access their pain by allowing Christ to symbolize their feelings of having been sacrificed, betrayed and abandoned (by God and humanity).
More symbolic, is the brief appearance by Stone himself in the film - before he is blown to pieces by a suicide bomber.
As if he felt that somehow instead of surviving nam, he in fact, died there.
The symbolism is obvious.
"As for the chipped tooth sequence, mystic or not the coincidence is very satisfactory."
Yes. Justice being served by fluke.
Yet almost too perfect a sequence to be haphazard.
The truth is... I'm not sure that I believe in such a thing as accidental coincidence. Perhaps everything happens for a reason. I once heard a detective say, "In my game coincidence does not exist."
As for seeing patterns and symbols everywhere, in many things... maybe our unconscience notes these things, but some people are not as connected to their unconscience as others and there for do not see the patterns and symbols?
There are signs,icons,symbols,metaphors etc etc.
Clouds are a sign of rain but it might not rain.Habit has internalised the probability from past experience.
Icons are signs that work by sharing a property we recognise in what is signalled.A picture of a man with a shovel tells us of road works ahead.But if an artist paints a man with a shovel it might symbolise the plight of the working man or it might even symbolise the dignity of work.
Symbols are much more complex.Some people study symbolism all their lives.A symbol in art only truly works when the viewer has the same mental response that the artist intended and this is not only rare but some say impossible.
There's nothing in the chipped tooth beyond accidental coincidence as stuh said.
What does your initial post symbolise. The fact that you offer us those five choices (odd, strange,wierd,insane,stupid) is symbolic,to me,of a mental state and a process which has caused it.
I see a lot of symbolism in things but on a different level seemingly.The sudden appearance of displayed tattoos on ladies' bodies for example.Or the recent growth of a cultivated brutal look some men have adopted.
Best thing though is to take it easy.
I knew someone would think I'm nuts!
Also, there are many patterns and symbols that appear in nature.
Maybe humans, because of the intervention of religion, can not fully accept that we are part of that natural pattern.
I don't know....
Chai Tea, flushd and BrianT have all spoken of the being made to feel that they are wasting their (and other peoples) time, pointing out or thinking about patterns, symbols and strange coincidences (if that's what we have to call them).
I think that there is a lot of fear out there and that a couple of hundred years ago, I would probably be put to death (or dropped off in bedlam) for questioning perceived reality. But if you see things in that certain way, how can you deny it? Being thought of as a weirdo or nutcase by others (particularly by adults when you are a child) is enough to drive those thoughts from many minds. But if as an adult, you still think in that way - and can admit it - you have my respect. It isn't easy to swim against the flow.
Whatever's going on, I'm glad I have you people to share this stuff with.