common fate

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Noun1.common fate - a Gestalt principle of organization holding that aspects of perceptual field that move or function in a similar manner will be perceived as a unit
Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization - a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
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"So both the brothers escaped the common fate?" queried Kennedy.
Is not the kindred of a common fate a closer tie than that of birth?
Amind the throng of a London street we distinguish a man, now waxing elderly, with few characteristics to attract careless observers, yet bearing, in his whole aspect, the handwriting of no common fate, for such as have the skill to read it.
It needed, in particular, a constant repetition of a phrase to the effect that he shared the common fate, found it best of all, and wished for no other; and by repeating such phrases he acquired punctuality and habits of work, and could very plausibly demonstrate that to be a clerk in a solicitor's office was the best of all possible lives, and that other ambitions were vain.
When the young soldier regained his recollection, he had the painful certainty before his eyes that a common fate was intended for the whole party.
There remained only his memory and his Intended--and I wanted to give that up too to the past, in a way,--to surrender personally all that remained of him with me to that oblivion which is the last word of our common fate. I don't defend myself.
Such stillness and composure reigned within the orderly precincts of the old red wall that even the feathers hung in garlands to scare the birds hardly stirred; and the wall had such a ripening influence that where, here and there high up, a disused nail and scrap of list still clung to it, it was easy to fancy that they had mellowed with the changing seasons and that they had rusted and decayed according to the common fate.
The struggles of Nepal and surrounding nations remind us that we share a common fate with the rest of humanity.
Just as on the property itself, the panel is inscribed with the words 'Gods Providence Is Mine Inheritance' - a gracious thank you to God for sparing the house from a dreadful and all too common fate that touched nearly every household.
We share a common faith and we share a common fate. Our single destiny must strengthen our bonds of concern, compassion and caring for each other," he added.
"This new world is an intricate interplaying of dynamic energies, a living network enclosing the whole earth and linking all human beings in one common effort, one common fate."