The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges is one of my favorite short stories that echoes a short, but simple premise: no matter what path you travel, the destination always remains the same.
I also see this story correlated to multiple raindrops in a pond (representing multiple people’s influence) circulating around one another’s ideas – the more rain, the more perspective that starts to commingle with the existing waters of the pond for unprecedented train of thought.
Eventually, the rain ceases and the pond becomes enmeshed with the influence of the multiple rain drops that remain within its waters. Over the course of a few weeks, the pond overflows and the new raindrops (perspectives) are evaporated by the sun (indifference to change).
It takes many rain showers (people) for change over a lengthy process of time (eons).
However, what is spectacular (to me at least) is how simple water really is.
In all of mankind’s achievements, as of 2017, we are unable to produce H20 from nothing and even the oxidation of salt water is not a lucrative process.
70% of our human body is composed of water.
Man can build mighty structures.
Man can genetically modify organisms.
Man can explore the heavens.
But yet, man cannot create the one resource elementary to our survival: water.
While the landscapes of our mind and reality can be altered by what we see online or outside (advertisers, etc), such landscape becomes “the sky”, one’s thoughts and responses to such content creates a ripple.
People are influenced by what they see and feel, but we do have control over what message (raindrop) that drops in the ocean of life. Remember: the intent of your ripple matters (what is written in the heart).
Remember with it, you create a ripple – and all ripples matter down to the very last raindrop – that is your testament.
Even on a sunny, beautiful day, it can rain, but then hope for rainbow, the symbol of God’s promise that He would never flood the earth again.
Mark my words: the next catastrophic world war will be fought over water.
We take for granted the most simple of things.
Therefore, make your raindrop (perspective) matter.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
And remember, you can never drink enough water.