Monday, October 16, 2006

Small World

I've often felt amazed at the minusicule world we live in. No matter how far we go, we are bound to bump into an acquaintance or a friend of a friend. Changing countries doesn't seem to affect that either. It has become a sort of game with me when I meet new people. I am pretty sure that they know someone else I already know, so the mystery only lies in finding out who that common person is, the missing link. In my 1st year at university I knew absolutely no one. I was the only one from my school to go to this university and my cousins who were my age opted for other universities. What I found surprising is that almost all the people I got to meet knew some of my old pals/family members & vice versa.
Naturally, I'm not the only one who experiences that. There's a whole theory and debate going on about how if you take any 2 random strangers, you would find that there's a chain of 5 people connecting them. I got sucked into "The six degrees of seperation" ever since I first read about it a couple of years ago (I think it was one of Malcolm Gladwell's books, but I'm going to dig in my bookcase to be sure. It's worth another read).
If people are really 5 people apart, then that would technically mean you can't ditch your old life and start all over again in a new place (Just in case I/you feel the need to do that :p). Scary, isn't it? It would also mean if someone saw you in your most embarrassing situation, more people would know about it than you think.
It's also no wonder that rumours usually go straight to the person who was 'talked about'. If you're only 5 people about, and with humankind's love for spicing things up, don't be too surprised if someone comes up to and tells you things about yourself that don't exist.
People, you're embedded in the networking business and there's no way out (yet) 'cause it's a small world after all.