Every moment of each day, we are faced with choices. Some are major, others are tiny; even the most insignificant of these decisions affects the world and the people around us.
Do you shove someone aside in order to board an already crowded subway train? Do you keep the extra $5 bill that the cashier gives you as she makes change? Do you acknowledge the homeless man on the corner as he asks you for money? Do you hold the door open for someone walking in behind you?
Like throwing a pebble in a pond, the impact of these choices ripple outward and effect the people you know and the people you don’t.
But what if the people around us don’t subscribe to a system of morales or a set of values? What if, in their mind, it genuinely doesn’t matter if they jab you in order to get on the train before you do? Me first, my needs first is a kind of mantra for some people. So what do you do?
God doesn’t seem to be in the business of smiting people anymore (think about how differently the 20th century would have turned out!), and if you don’t believe in or respect karma, then it really doesn’t matter to you, does it?
So what do you do when other people’s choices have that kind of impact on you?