The Impact of, “Nothing More Than Nothing”
People are frustrated and divided with this heated Presidential race. “I
don’t like either candidate. Why should I vote?” To our surprise, a fable
answers the question. A sparrow asked the dove, “Tell me, the weight of a
snowflake.” “Nothing more than nothing,” the dove answered.
“In that case, I must tell you a marvelous story,” the sparrow said, “I
sat on the branch of a fir when it began to snow—not heavily, not in a
raging blizzard—no, just like a dream, without a sound, and without any
violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the
snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was
exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741, 953rd dropped onto the branch, nothing
more than nothing as you say, the branch broke off.” Having said that, the
sparrow flew away.
The dove pondered the story for a while. “Perhaps one person’s voice is
lacking for peace, and the ability to make a change.”
If we honestly examine each candidate with the pros and cons as to who’s
the closest to our values, and will bring change one, of the lesser of the
two evils, will emerge. The decision may be muddy, but even the religious
world encourages us to do something over nothing: “ I could wish you were
cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I
will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16, NKJV).
It took the last, “nothing more than nothing, to break the branch with a
resounding impact as it gently, quietly joined the others. And the impact of
our voice will do the same, when we cast it.