The weight of a snowflake.   1 comment

The weight of a snowflake

Key ideas: peace, responsibility

“Tell me the weight of a snowflake”, a sparrow asked a wild dove. “Nothing more than nothing”, was the answer. “In that case I must tell you a marvellous story”, the sparrow said. “I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk, when it began to snow – not heavily, not in a raging blizzard: no, just like in a dream, without a sound and without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the 3,741,953rd dropped onto the branch – nothing more than nothing, as you say – the branch broke off.” Having said that, the sparrow flew away. The dove, since Noah’s time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for a while, and finally said to herself: “Perhaps there is only one person’s voice lacking for peace to come to the world.”

From New Fables, Thus Spoke the Maribou, by Kurt Kaufer

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Posted December 4, 2011 by dgbmcc in Belonging

One response to “The weight of a snowflake.

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  1. I like this one, using it this morning in tandem with a discussion of what makes a ‘White Christmas’. Many thanks!

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