What if our smallest actions do matter? What if the frown we gave the clerk at Walgreen’s was the last straw of a bad day? What if we’d smiled instead? There’s a theory out there called the Butterfly Effect. It’s about a small change in an unstable system, like the weather, and how a small change can affect a big outcome. There’s a whole lot around it, the chaos theory and other things, but aren’t we, the human race, an unstable system? Hate and love lie equally in us. What if all our tiny violences, the frown, the cruel thought, the curse at someone whose driving upsets us, matter? What if our least thought is important? That would mean a responsibility almost too big to comprehend. We so small and yet our place in the scheme of things so much more than we realize…..
(This was motivated by watching the role of a wasp in a PBS Masterpiece Contemporary piece called Collision.)
That is actually quite a scary thought, but one that comes to mind every now and then. I push it back out just as quickly because it IS too much to think about. No one wants to believe that their actions could have an affect on others – that’s a lot of responsibility.
Great post Karleen!