A quote from Ursula K. Le Guin “On every act the balance of the whole depends”

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“On every act the balance of the whole depends”

Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that’s the end of it? When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls, the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole depends. The winds and seas, the powers of water and earth and light, all that these do, and all that the beasts and green things do, is well done, and rightly done. All these act within the Equilibrium. From the hurricane and the great whale’s sounding to the fall of a dry leaf and the gnat’s flight, all they do is done within the balance of the whole.

But we, insofar as we have power over the world and over one another, we must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.

—Ursula K. Le Guin

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  1. And I love her Earthsea series ♥️ great share, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much dear Ellias! Oh I must look into those Earthsea series! Thanks for mentioning it! 🙂

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  2. Indeed, each of our smallest thoughts contributes for a change in the whole (the butterfly effect) – everything has a reaction – and we all are one in the Ocean – we change and move the waves therein…

    Thank you very much, dear Amira 🙂
    And thanks to Ursula too 🙂
    In Oneness
    Didi

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    1. Thank you so much dear Didi for your contribution! As you said exactly it’s like the Butterfly effect! We are all impacting one another and our environment in ways we don’t even realize, as we are all interconnected and part of the Oneness. From heart to heart! Amira ❤

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      1. Yes, indeed, dear Amira, each thought of us has a reaction to the whole.
        Welcome, my friend 🙂
        In Oneness
        Didi

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  3. Anita Bowden says:

    This is an excellent example of different levels of consciousness! There is the level that simply sees the rock and the action of it being thrown, and then there is the level that sees the many ways the rock and the action of it being thrown are intimately connected to everything! A beautiful post, dear Amira! ❤

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    1. Thank you dear Anita for your profound comment! You are so right about the different levels of consciousness! Our awareness maybe limited at times and not fully see the consequences of each of our actions, and if we can raise our level of consciousness we have a much broader perspective on how everything is interconnected in a fluid Oneness. ❤

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    1. Thank you Linda! 🙂 ❤ Have a beautiful week-end! ❤

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