Three Degrees of Separation

Sociologists have confirmed that if you speak to enough people about enough people, someone is going to know someone who knows someone who ultimately knows you. No matter where you are in the world, we are only separated by seven levels.

Microsoft actually proved it statistically and came out with 6.6.
(Close enough).

But even though there are seven levels, there are really three degrees.

Number one is physical. Physical objects are separated in time and space. As far away as the table is from the chair, that’s exactly how far away the chair is from the table. When one moves closer or farther away, the level of separation is exactly the same for both objects.

Not necessarily so in the second degree. In relationships, one person can feel very close and connected to another while the other party remains cold and aloof, or perhaps even oblivious. This holds true many times in dating – he/she can’t wait for the other party to call and the other can’t imagine why. Parents generally always feel emotionally connected to their children even though the child may be physically distant across the country somewhere and never calls. (Which reminds me I have to call my mother).

The third degree is spiritual. The Kaballah tells us that similarity of spirits equals closeness. Married people with shared goals, business partners with a common vision or leaders working for the betterment (or detriment) of mankind feel a spiritual kindred that transcends emotion.

When we exhibit Godlike traits such as kindness, caring, giving, nurturing, correcting or forgiving, our spirits become ONE with our Creator.

You can’t get closer than that.

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Comments icon February 28, 2013

YOUR THOUGHTS

By Sarah on April 26, 2013 -- 1:44pm

Wow!! That is absolutely profound! Thank you!

By Edgar on December 5, 2013 -- 8:58pm

Another incisive insight. Though I don’t agree with everything on this site, I’m so grateful for much of its content on wisdom.

By Grath Grime on March 6, 2014 -- 8:53pm

This is a beautiful article. Could you please consider citing any quotes so that we could follow up on them?

By Mary C on December 8, 2016 -- 2:04pm

Thank you for your article on why Jewish people reject
  Jesus.  Could you reply to this question?
What do you do with Simeon & Anna.
Both devout Jews- in Luke 2:22-38.
Would love to hear from you on this!
Can you email me?
Shalom.

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