In our “Introduction” of the main topic “Ripple Effects,” we briefly inferred a word about Oppenheimer, the Atom Bomb, and its effects on this plane, in and of itself, is one of the more simpler appreciations of the subject. However, why don’t we explore just one of the ‘actual’ Ripple Effects, on this plane, from those events, but MUCH MORE SINISTER! What do I mean by “sinister,” you ask? Well, upon inspection of the two cities (post atom bomb explosions), it was discovered that the SHADOWS of humans were literally LEFT BEHIND!!! They were burned into the concrete that survived the atomic blasts in Nagasaki and Heroshima!!!
There. How’s that for a “Ripple Effect?” That is just one of the reasons why, at the end of my intro., I expressed that this composition has a very “…frightening…” aspect to it, and you’ll come to discover that this fear becomes more and more prevalent as we venture further away from this realm/plane and into the other-dimensional. It is there that we learn we can then literally predict what outcomes (ripple effects) may occur from our thinking about and/or acting on our thoughts/choices. Even Jesus (Yeshua Messiah, “YM” from hereon) pointed out that “…thoughts become actions…” (thus, thinking alone can ultimately become manifest in this realm and beyond, and culminates as sin), and we are accountable for those thoughts. Remember what General Marcus Aurelius said in the movie “Gladiator?” I quote: “What we do in the here and now echoes in eternity!” That brief statement succinctly, but impactfully, expresses the entirety of this premise. Yet, it leaves a lot to be desired, as well.
Wretched creatures we are, one and all, gnashing at one another, on this plane, about some misguided, perceived petty violation of the other’s “standards,” or what have you. We MUST come to realize that our existence is reliant upon the other person’s existence, as well. And to that end, we have a responsibility to our fellowman, esp. in perception of “Ripple Effects.” A piece of poetry entitled “The Cold Within,” aptly demonstrates this concept:
“THE COLD WITHIN,” By Mark Blain 1999
Six humans trapped by happenstance
in dark and shiveringly bitter cold,
Each one possessed a stick of wood,
or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in desperate need of logs,
the first woman held hers’ back,
For on the faces ’round the fire,
she noticed one was black.
The next man looking ‘cross the way
saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
the fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes and gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
to warm the idle rich?
The rich man sat back and thought
of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned
from the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
as the fire passed from sight,
For all he saw in his stick of wood
was a chance to spite the white.
The last one of this forlorn group
did naught except for gain,
Giving only to those who gave
was how he played the game.
The logs held tight in death’s still hands
was proof of hate and human sin,
They did not die from the cold without;
they perished from the COLD WITHIN!!!
The foregoing poetry conveys a “cause and effect” relationship, relative to our thoughts, and how they manifest themselves onto this realm, wrenchingly destroying one another, and then that grows exponentially — “Ripples” — having an effect in another dimension, destroying LIFE and empowering DEATH; one force ebbs and dies, while the other thrives and expands its destructive force: Villainy thrives, while innocence dies. How can we claim to be enlightened individuals knowing we are, as Oppenheimer cried out, “Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds!” Man’s inhumanity to man.
Again, Marcus Aurelius expounds words of wisdom: “What we do in the here and now echoes in eternity!”
What will you decide now? See ya in Chpt. Two.
Agape In Yeshua Messiah….
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