degree of separation

“We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;
and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes,
and they come back to us as effects.”

Herman Melville

(the fist pickings from the 3 container tomato plants / Julie Cook / 2017)

It has been said that the citizens of planet earth are separated, one from another,
by a mere 6 degrees…
or what some researches refer to as “the small world phenomenon”

“If you just take a look at the numbers,
the six degrees of separation idea seems pretty plausible.
Assuming everyone knows at least 44 people,
and that each of those people knows an entirely new 44 people, and so on,
the maths shows that in just six steps everyone could be connected
to 44^6, or 7.26 billion people—more than are alive on Earth today.”

(excerpt from an article by Fiona McDonald for Science Alert /

full article link here:

We’ve seen the notion of this “phenomena”,
and it’s original test of theory dating back to the 1960’s…
as it has morphed over the years into a movie, a college drinking game and even to a
broadway play…as it appears that the notion that we are all so closely connected,
seems to hold a deep fascination with the citizens of the globe.

And yet we wonder as to the responsibility that might come with such a
close connection of kinship…..

The idea that we actually know one another by some interwoven intertwined web of
acquaintances apparently holds us captivated.
The notion that we are each one connected soul, connected to other souls,
souls of which we hold on to tightly in our own little circle of souls,
is seen as eerily soothing.
Just one big happy globally dysfunctional family.

And yet the irony found in our desire for unity is that we also clammer for separation.
We want everything about our lives compartmentalized…separated….
while at the same time we painstakingly seek a global connectivity while also
demanding equality for all and a toleration of every
imaginable choice out there…
except for those who choose the Omnipotent.

So our connectivity and toleration and inclusiveness is actually limited despite
the lies we continue telling ourselves to the contrary.

We vie to find our connectedness…one to another…
while at the same time we vehemently fight to sever our, and everyone else’s,
ties to the Creator…

We fight tooth and nail to separate Him from every aspect of our very
independent secular lives..
While at the same time patting ourselves on our backs for an overt
pride found in the general connectivity and the false unity we think we’ve created…
For we claim inclusiveness in our broad reaching connectivity while at the same time
demanding that any notion of a connection to God be erased from thought.

This fickleness of ours will indeed be our undoing….
for we cannot be connected to everything and everyone while pretending
to disconnect our being, our soul, our own, our all from the very One
who knitted us in our mother’s womb….

For we cannot run nor hide from His knowledge and omnipotent presence,
no matter how far we go or how hard we try….
and until we are able to see and understand and acknowledge that He is a part
of even the very air we breathe,
then we will simply continue this petty exertion of our energies while
puffing up and inflating our trite egos of self,
in this endless ongoing emptiness we find so very fascinating and captivating….

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For thou didst form my inward parts,
thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:7-13

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

11 comments on “degree of separation

  1. Wally Fry says:

    That last verse is one of my favorites, especially when I know I’m not quite doing right. I know that, despite me, He won’t let go of me.

  2. Julie, I find two words in both our posts today: “Connect” and “sever”
    How blessed we are that in Jesus, God’s Son, He brings together, and unites again, all that He has planned. We live, believing this, until it becomes the reality He has promised in a world that is free to express all that He wants us to be. Have a blessed day.

  3. Lynda says:

    I memorized Romans 8:38-39 when I was a teenager and have held onto that truth ever since!

  4. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Julie (aka Cookie) has written an insightful post on a mathematical theory. She focuses upon our connectedness to each other, how we strive to connect to each other while at the same time working to disconnect ourselves from God.

    Still, we must strive to connect for a reason. Mathematical theories can be misleading. Six seems like a small number. Yet if it is then its small size reveals how little it takes to separate it.

    An idea. A contrary creed.

    A difference in race.

    Rivalry for wealth.



    Civil war is often the bloodiest. The hatred. The betrayal. The anger we experience at the accusal of a brother or a sister.

    Rankling pride makes surrender difficult. Even to begin the process of negotiations becomes insufferable.

    Look around our nation. Consider all the means we have to connect. The constant chatter in our ears. The roiling of our emotions. Skilled communicators, charming men and angelic women, constantly demand our attention, our money, and our hearts for every cause under the sun.

    As has happened time and time and time again, they call us to nobly connect, join forces, and then war.

    Only Jesus offers peace. He shows us how to love.

    1 Peter 4:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Good post. I’m always struck at how someone I meet later turns out we know the same people. So there’s something I suppose to the six degrees of separation.
    I like this quote too: “And yet the irony found in our desire for unity is that we also clammer for separation. We want everything about our lives compartmentalized…separated….while at the same time we painstakingly seek a global connectivity while also demanding equality for all and a toleration of every imaginable choice out there…except for those who choose the Omnipotent.”

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