The good rabbi explains that there are spiritual lessons we can all learn from such an unfortunately common present-day annoyance, a virus infection in one's computer. He notes three:
1) We are all connected.
I am sitting at my computer and all's well, until an old friend on the other side of the world gets a virus in his computer. Because my name appears in his address book, I become a victim as the virus enters his computer and sends itself to his entire list. So, I get the virus just because he did.
In a similar way, we each have souls all over the world to whom we are connected. Every soul has a soul family, a group of souls that come from the same soul root. When I am down, I can drag my soul brothers and sisters down with me. And if I am inspired, I may shoot a sudden burst of inspiration to someone on the other side of the world.
2) No act is insignificant.
When I see a strange email in my inbox, I have a choice to make. With one click I can delete it and avoid the inconvenience of an infected computer. But a click on the attachment, even by accident, can cause an avalanche of destruction. It was just one little click, but the results were enormous.
So often, it's little acts that are the most powerful. A friendly word to a stranger or a phone call to a friend just to say hello can impact someone's life in ways we can't imagine.
3) One person can change the world.
Every virus starts with one idiot. Someone somewhere has nothing better to do than engage in virtual vandalism. One person's destructive plan can affect millions the world over.
We sometimes feel that our petty little lives are insignificant in the whole scheme of things. In such a vast universe, what difference do I make? The computer virus teaches us that no matter how small we feel, each one of us has the power to change the world. And if so much damage can take such little effort, how much healing and positive energy can be created if we put our minds and hearts to it.
(I hope IsraelNationalNews doesn't mind my quoting this article - I can't find a copyright policy on their site!)
This article reminds me of the quotes from Thomas Merton and Br Ramon SSF I mentioned in my post Why the Jesus Prayer (and all contemplative prayer) matters... It really isn't possible, spiritually, to look at things, let alone people, in isolation. Why I do, what I say, what I pray, does matter. It's not "my own business". Nothing is. We none of us act, think or even dream alone. We are deeply and intimately connected on the most fundamental, ontological level.
As Br Ramon puts it,
the believer lives as a human being in solidarity with all other human beings, and with the animal creation, together with the whole created order (the cosmos). All this is drawn into and affected by the Prayer. One person's prayers send out vibrations and reverberations that increase the power of the divine Love in the cosmos.
Praying the Jesus Prayer by Br Ramon SSF (Basingstoke: Marshall Pickering, 1988) Page 26.
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