Most of us think that as long as our actions don’t bother anyone else, we can do whatever we want. I hear people saying that. “It doesn’t hurt anyone.” Hmmm. Or does it?!
We have a huge example staring the world in the face right now. Although it’s not certain as to how the novel 19 coronavirus got started, some believe it jumped to humans when someone or some people ate a certain type of unclean creature. You know what, God is waaaayy smarter than us, and He told us not to eat certain creatures. I guess He had a terrific reason for saying that. In any case, once that happened, that disease has affected the entire world in one way or another. Businesses, schools, hospitals, travel disruptions, events cancelled, governments, mounting hysteria and a growing number of deaths. The ripples just spread further and further out.
There are so many more examples. One person discards a cigarette in a dry forest. One person decides to clear all the trees off of his/her property. Another person, too lazy to follow correct disposal protocol, pours his bottle of chemicals in a local stream. It all ripples out. Our actions, large and small, some even apparently insignificant, do affect others. We are all one family with common DNA. We are all affected.
Consider something so small as a smile. One person smiles at another. That person leaves feeling a little better and smiles at someone else and that person goes to work humming, which in turn affects the whole atmosphere of the workplace. Because of the warm welcome a visiting businessman receives, the company gets a new contract with a company in India and then more people in that country are smiling because they have jobs. It all ripples out.
If my actions are going to affect people that I have never even heard of in a far distant place, wouldn’t it behoove me to mediate my behavior to make sure that I am benefiting my distant brothers and sisters? We are all responsible for our actions.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Just think of how that will ripple out through our world!