It Takes A Universe

Does “it” take a village?  No.

Actually, it takes a universe.

A single sentence isn’t simple at all:  I made dinner.  But before my singular hand culminated in food on a plate, the farmers bought seed, the rain fed the fields, the sun shone brightly, the workers tended and picked fruit and vegetables, the farmer found a buyer, the truck transported and the clerk took delivery.  Workers displayed, I chose my ingredients and paid for what the cashier tallied.  The bus drove me home because the routes were printed and I knew on what corner to stand; riders lined up, the traffic lights worked by the grace of math formulas, engineers and technicians; the roads were laid and lined, the driver heeded the signal, braked to let me out at the scheduled stop, and then commuters synchronized with me so that I could cross the street safely to enter the store.

This is my rant.

One singular event in any chain, in any activity, is just the last (if even the last) piece in the succession of universal effort, of the universe working together, acting together with devoted intention to create that moment in time; in this case, allowing me to buy the items to make dinner.

Even my occupation requires that I rarely say “I” did something because software launches, events and movies are not one-man bands.  Even a one-man band is made of parts. Award show acceptance speeches for best actor or movie are often litanies of “thank yous” to people whose collaboration made this happen, but maybe worked behind the scenes.  Who would Tom Cruise be without his stunt man (maybe Woody Allen)?

Take your coat.  Do you realize that the zipper was made by one manufacturer, the buttons another, the thread another, and so on?  The zipper alone is a sum of metal, fabrication, design, measurement, testing, and production.

In “I am the Walrus,” the Beatles sang, “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”

So, can we, should we, SHOULDN’T we adopt the same approach in our daily routines? In our personal bests?  Would it make commuting more palatable knowing that all the cars are infinitely bound together for a single cause, interdependent on every driver (to stay in their lane, to be safety minded, to follow the laws, to have adequate brakes) so that I and he and you get to our destinations intact?  Every person or item we come in contact with, is pooling together to help me get to work, equally as I am for them.  It IS team effort!

Traffic as a dance
Changing lanes,
Changing partners.
Moving as a body
Rhythmic travel.
Cymbals clash in a wreck.
Simply… dancer out of step.

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  1. The purpose is not who created or how we have evolved to this state of interdependency, but moreso that we have lost sight of our relationships to every other being in this world. Too often, I see the ‘me’ mentality and I would like to see the ‘we’re all in this together’ mentality.

    I don’t want to give IT a name. I don’t think it’s god, or human. As soon as we try to label an entity, we’ will have created camps for different beliefs.

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  2. Ah, the glory of structure and an intrinsic need to create harmony for the sake of function. The thing I find interesting is how all that is in symbiosis took hundreds of years to evolve to this point. In the 1200s you would have to eat potatoes because that was the only crop available and if you had the money you could take your horse to the farm to pick them up, because that is all God would provide. In the early agrarian societies you asked God to make it rain and if God said no, you got no food. I find this a compelling example of how the more society rejects God(s) and embraces science and technology the more functional symbiosis we take on as a society. If you reject that God will make it rain you force yourself to develop irrigation and society develops mechanisms for more universal symbiosis. If you reject that God will take care of something you in turn are forced into evolving a plan to get it done instead. The more harmony we have getting along in an ever more complicated world the more evidence you have to reject God as all the harmony you describe is a direct result of humanity taking control of the structure of society and rejecting God’s will. Personal empowerment is the universal binding that evolves symbiosis , citing God is just a way of saying; I don’t understand.

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  3. It makes me think…there must be a God. How could so much order come from disorder (a big bang)? HE is amazing to have created this universe!

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