It was an old David Letterman segment.
It’s a game my little nephews and niece like to play, at the beach, the river, or in a bucket full of water out on my back deck. They are five and younger and the question is huge in their minds. It’s a scientific experiment, though they do not recognize it.
Will an object float or sink when dropped in water?
If a stone is dropped into a body of water, what will happen? Can we predict the outcome?
Well, it’s heavy and will sink, right?
When a stone is dropped, it causes a ripple effect as it goes, spreading outward. Drop is better than throw.
We are always lecturing little children that they are not to throw things, right?
Someone could get hurt. Where would our responsibility for that fit into a wider narrative of the world and the events currently going on in it?
I ask many questions here, some I know actual answers for, but most I do not. I am left with more questions than answers lately it seems.
So, toss or drop. Minimize any potential harm to anyone else in the act of throwing, right?
So many people are harmed in that process of throwing a stone and waiting for the ripples to spread wide. I am impatient in the waiting for the ripples, but I fear them too.
What effect will they have? Sometimes, there is a risk of negative ripple effects. I cower from this possibility. I wait for the good ripples to spread.
Ripples of hate and fear.
Ripples of compassion and kindness and love.
Which ripples will win out?
Will humanity float or will we sink under the weight and the pressure of so many stones?
This has been a question filled/answerless edition of Finish the Sentence Friday:
with her take (and mine) on “the ripple effect”.