Conventional wisdom seems to hold that one person cannot truly make a difference in the grand scheme of things. But is this really true? An exchange near the end of the movie "Cloud Atlas" had a profound effect on me. In the exchange, a cynical man tells an idealist “no matter what you do, it wouldn't amount to anything but a single drop in an ocean!” To which the idealist replied “But what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
Think about that quote for a second. “What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
It may be the most beautiful quote I’ve ever heard in my life. To me, the quote is saying that we are not drops that exist independently of one another, but rather we are all part of the ocean. I believe this illustrates the interconnectedness of every being on this earth.
What does this quote illustrate to you? Can one person truly make a difference in the world?