Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is “Ripples“. I always like responding to the challenge in Travel Theme as her themes are usually interesting and not superficial.
I like looking at ripples as they spread bigger and wider in concentric circles. According to the wave theory, ripples will spread to infinity but with smaller and smaller effects.
The picture below was taken in a temple of Zhangjiajie, China. A small child was captivated by kois swimming in a pond. He was looking down with undivided attention at the kois which were causing the ripples.
At the throw of a pebble to a pond, the kinetic energy is converted to energy in the water surface. Energy just propagates outward on the surface as ripples.
Robert Kennedy used ripples as ripples of Hope in the quotation:
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6 1966 (South Africa address).
It is true that a great idea will send out ripples affecting the thoughts of many people, but to implement the idea, more energy is needed from all of us, all contributing to the ripples until, as R.F Kennedy said, it ”builds a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”.