A group of people were travelling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath himself.
His companions said to him: “Why are you doing this?” Replied the man: “What concern is it of yours? Am I not drilling under my own place?”
Said they to him: “But you will flood the boat for us all!”
Here’s a slightly different version:
A group of people are sitting in a boat. One takes an axe and begins chopping at the floor. The others cry in horror, “What are you trying to do?’ The man answers, ‘What business is it of yours? I am doing this to my part of the boat!”
Source | Vayikra Rabba 4:6
The moral of this story is clear: one person’s destructive action may literally drown the entire community. But we might add that the inverse is also true: a single positive change may transform an entire community.
- What holes have you been boring in your life, thinking, ‘It’s only my seat’?
- Are you willing to take a look at how they are affecting the lives of others, especially the ones you love?