Six Degrees

Think about the most famous celebrity on Earth. Consider where he or she lives, who that person is and what he or she does. Look at yourself. Do you feel that there’s no way that person would know you? Or the least, be connected to you? Think again.

As per the ever-reliable and often-quoted Wikipedia, SIX DEGREES of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a play written by John Guare.

It’s funny to note that Karinthy, who came up with this brilliant concept, lived in the late 19th century and died a few years before the Second World War. That time, obviously, there was no TV, much less internet connection and websites like Facebook or Twitter that link people together.

Whenever we are online, we see people who are friends, acquaintances and strangers. We gasp when we find new information about them online. Some information about them are interesting for us to know. Some summon the green-eyed monster in all of us, a.k.a. envy.

I can honestly say that I admire a lot of people but there are temptations that ring in my head telling me to doubt my security in who I am. Lies flood in my head that this person is better than me and so on. The truth is, God is pleased with all of us, whoever you are and whatever you do. He loves all of us. We are all the same in God’s eyes. Whenever that thought comes, I shoo it away with the Word of God and pray that He will guard my heart and mind. Trust God with who you were, who you are and who you will be. Do not look at other people. Look at the God who made you. He believes in you.

Remember: Whoever you are and whatever you do, whoever you can think of who’s better than you is a lot like you more than you’ll ever know. We’re all humans, frail in body and emotions. In one word, imperfect. However perfect you think that person is, everyone’s the same.

When you look at a picture of the Earth, you will notice that everything looks the uniform. Greens and blues. It doesn’t matter how big houses are, or how many cars a person owns.

At the end of the day, we’re all humans. When you’re human, you’re little. When you’re little, that means a little blow of wind can knock you; a little slap of wave can drown you; a little strike of sunburst can burn you. Everyone needs God.

If you’re alive and reading this, you have a lot to be thankful for. Quit comparing yourself to other people. Again, we are all the same in God’s eyes – you and everyone who’s six degrees away.

6 thoughts on “Six Degrees”

  1. “The truth is, God is pleased with all of us, whoever you are and whatever you do. ” –just like what the Bible said in Genesis 1:31 “God saw all the He made, and it was very good”. We are all “…fearfully and wonderfully made”-Psalm 139:14, therefore, all we have to do is PRAISE our Creator for who we were made to be. 🙂


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