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#037 Ripples

posted 6 Jun 2018, 01:56 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 01:57 ]

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the first things we're taught is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It applies to physics but that doesn't mean it's not true of society. Every word we say has the power to change lives or destroy them. The range of people and opinions in the world mean a lot of actions can do both at once. No matter what you do, somebody agrees with it and someone else seems to get offended by it. In some cases, they will share it with their friends and family, who then share it again, and thus the game of Chinese whispers commences, and the ripple begins to spread. The strange thing about this is how unpredictable it is. Some words lie hidden forever, while some are just waiting for the right person to pick them up again and start the ripple effect, ready to spread to the world. I guess that's the thing about living on a globe. If your message spreads far enough it'll eventually get back to you, though maybe in a morphed way from the hundreds of slight changes that have been made. Whether the message is lost in translation or intentionally changed, some messages seem to spread their ripples in the wrong direction, unintended by the sender.  

In the age of technology, to attempt to stop a ripple is just stupid. It grows exponentially so unless someone has exponential power, it's going to reach everyone it was intended to,  That doesn't mean you can't stop the effect of a ripple, however. If a larger message spreads in the same territory, the old message can be drowned out by the new one, engulfed by its waves. But then how do we stop the waves of someone who seems to be able to drown out any message he wants? Simple. If millions of people combine their small ripples as one, it interferes with the large wave, and if it's big enough, even engulfs it. Right now there are many people combining a message, and there's no sign of the growth stopping. So, now we just wait for people to slowly realise they're on the wrong side. Anyway, Thought Over,

- Aaron