One + One = Two

Second Day of December

december-2While I was thinking about the month of December, I realized there is more to share than what a blog should share. So, I am narrowing my focus on major world events that impacted the world. Now, we know about the Chaos Theory where a small event can have great influence around the world. (Also Butterfly Effect) So, I don’t want to discount small events or individuals that modified the future by their action, but we often cannot define what that one person did that created the flow of change.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Rosa Parks arrest, and we know it had wide ranging effects, but to think everything happened as a result of her, well, it would discount all the other events, and all the other folks who had something to do with change. 

In a reverse analysis, Thornton Wilder analyzes why six people had to die in his book, “The Bridge Over San Luis Rey”. Could a single event kept them off the bridge by slowing their path, or speeding up their options? Sure. But the end result can not be defined by life’s action. (Source) I remember reading this in a literature class but feeling total frustration that one could search for an answer and know there is no answer.

Some things just happen.

So. On December 2nd some events happened and if you follow them through to conclusion then you can see what their results were. That’s your job… My job is to simply jog your memory.

  • 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris
  • 1823 President James Monroe declares his “Monroe Doctrine”, a US foreign policy regarding Latin America
  • 1845 Manifest Destiny: US President James K. Polk announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West
  • 1929 First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Peking at Tsjoe Koe Tien
  • 1941 Japanese Marshal Admiral Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
  • 1976 Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado

Has anything happened on this date that affects you personally? It would be amazing to find the Chaos Theory at work that created a particular change for you…

Since this is 12/2, let me give you a favorite 12/2 Scripture…

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

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