A boat leaves behind a “wake” in the water. While on our Bikes or driving our cars, we do not carve up the pavement in a similar way, but we do leave a trail. Highway driving refers to this as the “Drafting” effect. When a vehicle follows closely behind another vehicle, it will get better mileage as it moves in the “Draft” of the front vehicle.
I use this description as an analogy to illustrate how one thing has an impact on another. Many of us navigate down the road, minding our own business, oblivious to the impact we have. EVERYTHING AFFECTS EVERYTHING! Whether we are aware of it or not, our actions, attitudes, moods, opinions, words, and even thoughts have an impact on everything we are exposed to. Then just like the domino effect, things travel outward exponentially, never ending. Mathematically, it will astound you:
Two to the 100th power is 1,267,650,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376. In the US number naming system, it is one nonillion, 267 octillion, 650 septillion, 600 sextillion, 228 quintillion, 229 quadrillion, 401 trillion, 496 billion, 703 million, 205 thousand, 376. That is what happens when I am nasty to 2 people today, then they each are nasty to 2, and so on.
This is why it is important to be aware of how we act, and think. Most assuredly, it is paramount to monitor how we treat people. Most of us will never sit down and try to determine how far our actions will travel, and what impact they will have on our world, but I promise you; it is HUGE. One frown in NJ, could spark a suicide bomb in Tikret. Alternatively, a smile in Paris could cause a wedding and the birth of a world leader in Panama. You never really know what you are doing, at least not the extent of what you are doing. A good rule of thumb for monitoring actions would be to ask yourself: “what would the world be like if everyone did this?” I believe we would be safe if we acted only upon those conditions whose answer would be attractive.
Just as a droplet of water leaves a ripple that grows at it move out, and a boat leaves a wake that gets wider, so too do the actions of man. We have all contributed to the world we see around us. There is no One person to credit with the condition of humanity, it is a cumulative, collaboration of the result of combined, sustained actions that have created the present reality. Even though no ONE person can change the ENTIRE world. The action of ONE will impact AT LEAST: .1,267,650,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376 SO WHY NOT ACT, AND THINK WITH love!
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU!
The Journey Is the Destination!