Making a difference...?
I have heard a shorter, simpler version before and the old man was a young child with innocence on his side. This one portrays an old man with wisdom.
I believe both are profound at teaching The Law of Divine Oneness - that we are all interconnected. There is only one Energy that’s constantly changing into endless forms.
If this is true, which I believe it is with my whole being, then any act (no matter how small) will affect all others. (So I try to perform good, righteous acts - toss a starfish back, share your biscuits)
My thoughts affect your thoughts (so I try to think positive, loving, advancing thoughts)
But to balance this advancing positivity out, there are people who seemed determined to bring the Energy level down. Trying to drag us back to an old model that we have outgrown and act selfishly because they think they are different, special, separate from the One. Using their memory incorrectly to only remember hurts instead of the equal good that had been there also.
I guess in the end both are needed to keep balance and thus the wise saying was created:
“To observe is power, to judge is weakness.”
In the final analysis it boils back down to all I can really say with certainty is...