It is mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the center of gravity of the universe. – Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881
Those of us who acknowledge the interconnectedness of all things love these types of “butterfly effect” quotes.
The problem, I think, is that too often we believe that the effect that each of us has on the “center of gravity of the universe” is so small, and the universe so big, that we fail to act on some of the simplest opportunities to exercise mutuality that present themselves to us.
The “alteration” that Carlyle notes may be infinitesimal but it is, as he said, “mathematical fact.” And if we add enough “infinitesimals” together, even the simplest mathematics shows us that the accumulated result can change the course of galaxies.
So let’s cast our pebbles often.
Let’s encourage those around us to do the same.
Let’s change the course of the universe.
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