degree of separation

Julie (aka Cookie) has written an insightful post on a mathematical theory. She focuses upon our connectedness to each other, how we strive to connect to each other while at the same time working to disconnect ourselves from God.

Still, we must strive to connect for a reason. Mathematical theories can be misleading. Six seems like a small number. Yet if it is then its small size reveals how little it takes to separate.

An idea. A contrary creed.

A difference in race.

Rivalry for wealth.

Sex.

Sin.

Civil war is often the bloodiest. The hatred. The betrayal. The anger we experience at the accusal of a brother or a sister.

Rankling pride makes surrender difficult. Even to begin the process of negotiations becomes insufferable.

Look around our nation. Consider all the means we have to connect. The constant chatter in our ears. The roiling of our emotions. Skilled communicators, charming men and angelic women, constantly demand our attention, our money, and our hearts for every cause under the sun.

As has happened time and time and time again, they call us to nobly connect, join forces, and then war.

Only Jesus offers peace. He shows us how to love.

1 Peter 4:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

cookiecrumbstoliveby

“We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;
and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes,
and they come back to us as effects.”

Herman Melville


(the fist pickings from the 3 container tomato plants / Julie Cook / 2017)

It has been said that the citizens of planet earth are separated, one from another,
by a mere 6 degrees…
or what some researches refer to as “the small world phenomenon”

“If you just take a look at the numbers,
the six degrees of separation idea seems pretty plausible.
Assuming everyone knows at least 44 people,
and that each of those people knows an entirely new 44 people, and so on,
the maths shows that in just six steps everyone could be connected
to 44^6, or 7.26 billion people—more than are alive on Earth today.”

(excerpt from an article…

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