They Become a Situation

It is hard to tell the truth about this bird. The habits of any pea chicken left to himself would hardly be noticeable, but multiplied by forty, they become a situation.

Mystery and Manners p. 16

Ha. What an understatement: “they become a situation.” Isn’t that the way of multiplication—good or bad. One man on the street corner with a sign can easily be ignored; forty is a protest and can impede traffic and make the populace strolling by feel uncomfortable. 

One Christian in a neighborhood of pagans might stand out, but can be ignored. Forty of them—working together to love their neighbors—well, that’s a site to behold. 

Despite the truth of the statement as it applies to life generally, that last clause packs a punch for just four short words. 

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