Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?
I still ponder upon this question, after decades of having been presented with it in the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Originally penned by T. S. Eliot in his The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, the words feel like a simple but powerful reminder that no matter how much individualism we promote and pursue, we remain a small piece of a bigger puzzle - comprised of events across time and space that create planes of circumstances we find ourselves navigating.
Our every action and decision has a ripple effect on this puzzle and, at any given point in time, we need to be prepared to absorb the consequences.
It is only but natural to ponder: how much of that universe are we willing to up end and why?
Is the system around us so set in stone that we cannot move a single rock?
Is it so impossible to create an alternate universe where we can get a refreshed start on our priorities?
As I look through the lens of my life, and watch the silhouette of my children in the distance, I cannot help but question again, “Do I dare disturb the Universe?”