Thinking Small

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When I go for a walk, I often have my head down. So far I haven't bumped into anyone. Or they haven't bumped into me. I suppose social distancing has helped, when it comes to that.

I like to think that my fellow sojourners imagine I am deep in thought pondering vast questions of human existence. More likely, they think I am anti-social, which I suppose is partly true.

The real reason I look down as I walk is so I don't step on anyone (or more than one). I am convinced that after death, if there is a tribunal with St. Peter or Rhadamanthus or Anubis, the primary category of judging will be how many beings you have stepped on (or otherwise hurt) and how many saved. And I don't think  size matters - a being is a being in my ecocosmic view. Maybe you even get credit for thinking small.
 
I believe I am doing well in the Karma department, though I don't have an actual count to offer. Though I'm hoping that beings I can't see don't count, or better that I don't hurt them if I do step on them. There is more biomass in bacteria than in any other form of animal life, so that worries me a bit.
  
 All in all, it makes for a gentle life, seeking goodness where it exists, beauty where it is found, laughter as it comes, and joy in everything. Thinking small makes you a small part of a larger life, instead of a large part of a smaller one. It's worth the tradeoff.

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Rosy Cole on Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:49

The world in a grain of sand. Quite a profound philosophy, that last paragraph, and one that is ignored in our present world. There's a paradox is this. Thinking macro has led us astray and it hasn't expanded our humanity or concern for the planet. Everything that matters starts small, even the global.

The world in a grain of sand. Quite a profound philosophy, that last paragraph, and one that is ignored in our present world. There's a paradox is this. Thinking macro has led us astray and it hasn't expanded our humanity or concern for the planet. Everything that matters starts small, even the global.
Rosy Cole on Monday, 11 October 2021 13:42

It did make me chuckle, though :-)))

It did make me chuckle, though :-)))
Stephen Evans on Monday, 11 October 2021 14:47

Always glad to hear that!

Always glad to hear that!
Virginia M Macasaet on Monday, 13 December 2021 23:31

Reading your post, humility comes to mind....

Reading your post, humility comes to mind....
Stephen Evans on Monday, 13 December 2021 23:58

Thank you Rina - good to see you back on Green Room!

Thank you Rina - good to see you back on Green Room!
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