If you think about it, though, one person made the decision to build an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. You can say that a Board of Directors at BP made the decision, but ultimately, one person put the idea out there and pushed it forward. One person did something wrong in the construction that caused a weakness and ultimately an explosion. Doesn’t matter who, for the sake of this argument — but it could have been an overtired worker, engineer, planner, who put or didn’t put, the wrong thingamajiggee in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or didn’t adequately tighten a bolt. Or who was smoking next to flammable materials. Or who approved sub-standard materials in construction. Who knows? But it was likely one person who did one wrong thing that has killed a whole bunch of workers and now, untold amounts of marine and marine-dwelling life.
If a nuclear bomb went off, it would be one person who would be responsible for that decision. In whatever country, at whatever time. One person would say “go”, or one person would punch in a key code, or one person would turn a key, or one person would push a button, and our world would change forever.
The earth will continue, even if we destroy it. But human life and the creatures who live on earth could very well end. Because of one person.
The general belief is that it takes less muscles to smile than to frown. But according to one plastic surgeon, who looked at the basic muscle functions needed to create a smile and a frown, it takes 12 muscles to smile and 11 to frown. One more muscle to go to good from not so good.
Then, there is the myth of the 100th monkey (thanks to reader, Shelley, for passing that along yesterday), which was based on a real study of monkeys using water to wash sand from yams set out for them on a beach. As one monkey washed sand off the yams, other monkeys followed suit. Eventually all the food gatherers washed sand off their yams. They didn’t achieve critical mass in that the behavior didn’t spread outside their small group, but the concept is heart-warming.
I’m going to stick with the one more muscle to smile than frown theory, because as I look around my world, I seem to see more people frowning than smiling. Just a little more effort might be needed to smile. And as anyone who knows me knows…I’m a smiler. I’m constantly using that extra muscle. What if I apply that to the effort I might need to be the one person who adds to the critical mass to make the world a cleaner, healthier, better nutrified, more responsible and respectful place to be? And what if you do that too? Then we all add muscle to positive direction.
My choices? Shopping local — going to the Tapia Brothers farm down the street and to my local Farmers market. To grow vegetables. To compost and put my landfill back into the earth. To eat grass-fed, free-range beef. To purchase only free-range poultry and egg. To avoid corn and soy fillers (and most preserved food). To impact the multi-national businesses with my few dollars and cents. To continue to walk 4-5 miles a day. To be a creature of the planet. To be kind to animals. To give love to my child, my family and to humanity. To be mensch on this planet. One person.
What’s your choice?