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Published:August 23rd, 2005 05:42 EST
Good of the One

Good of the One

By Sean Stubblefield

A single piece of a domino chain affects its failure or success.

One person can make a difference.

Many have said so, and many have doubted.

If you don’t believe that one person could make a difference, think about the people we interact with. Every individual interacting with another forms a particular dynamic or quality between and among them. Change or exchange just one person in an interaction and the relationship itself changes in some way. How you treat someone and how someone treats you depends very much on who you and that someone are. It’s not just who we are that matters, but what we are, and how these elements combine.

Whomever is president sets the tone of an administration, and perhaps a nation.

Whomever is pastor or priest of a church sets the tone of that church.

Whomever is teacher sets the tone of a classroom.

One person makes a difference.

We like or dislike someone as we do because they are someone in particular to us, and not someone else. Why do we choose or desire one person, and not some other, for a friend or a mate? Because we are who we are and that person is that person. There is something about this person that we appreciate, which others do not have. It matters, to us, whom we bond with; as well as whom we do not. Some individuals are more suited to and for us than others. Some people are more important to us than others.

The existence of a type of person, or archetype, can also be influential.

Consider the difference between having a girlfriend and not having one. Having a father or not. Having a good father or not. Having a sister or not. Having a patron or not. Having a friend or not. Having an enemy or not. Having a role model or not. Having a child or not. Having a partner or not.

Individuals affect people’s lives, not the least of which is their own, often in ways we are not aware and in ways we cannot accurately measure. We are all masters and servants of cause and effect.

Like a line of dominos connecting with each other, one person’s life may, at any given moment, cause a ripple effect on other lives; in the here and now, and in the future.

The mere presence or absence of a person, specifically or in general, can be subtle and/ or substantial in developing our behaviors and attitudes.

A single person being in a particular place at a particular time can influence not only the individual’s own life but the lives he or she affects simply by being present or involved.

One person makes a difference.

A perfect illustration of this point is revealed through the casting and contribution of actors in stage, television and film productions.

The actor/ actress chosen for a role significantly influences and determines the portrayal, demeanor and appearance of a character. William Shatner made Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk who and what he is. Any other actor in that part would have created a significantly different person, or persona. Not only would his behavior and attitude have differed, but his image. Which would have altered, to some degree, the portrayal of the other characters, like Spock and McCoy, as they interacted with and related to him.

Imagine (if you can, if you dare) Star Wars with Tom Selleck, instead of Harrison Ford, playing the character of Han Solo. It could have happened, if he hadn’t been signed to Magnum P.I..

Nothing against Selleck; he made a fine Thomas Magnum. But he certainly could not and would not have achieved the same Han Solo that we all know and love in Ford’s performance.

Suppose that-- in The Matrix films— Neo was played by Carrie-Ann Moss, and Trinity was played by Keanu Reeves.

Whoa.

One person can, and definitely does, make a difference.

Believe it.