There is a path through the woods.
A person walking the path will walk for a short time only before reaching the first fork. One path becoming, in this case, two. To continue, the person must choose a direction. Right, or left?
After the person chooses a direction, they will go only a short time before reaching another fork. On the left path, there are, again, two roads leading from the fork, and on the right path, there are three paths leading from the second fork.
A person will choose, and go only a short time before reaching another fork... another decision. The person could be looking, again, at a spit with 2 paths leading away from the fork. But, depending on their prior choices, they could also be looking at 3 new paths leading from this last fork, or even 4.
As the person continues the only given on this path is that they will reach another fork before too long. The ammount of paths leading away from the fork, however, could be any number at all.
And so this path goes, onward to infinity, self-dividing.
If seventeen people take this path through the woods, all at the same time, but uninfluenced by each other, in five hours, they'd all likely be on their own way before too long at all...
LIFE: we choose, and our choices define everything in our life that comes after them... and not just the big choices! If we make one big choice every four years, and fifty thousand little choices in the same four years... we'd do well to consider the impact of the little decisions we make when we think it doesn't really matter.
NOW: so many times, we find it very easy to focus on the stimulus in front of us, and not the choices we make. The path winding through the road already exists: we do not create reality as much as we co-create OUR reality, by our constant definition and re-definition of what direction it is that we choose to go.
There's a fine and ancient tradition that says: if you see a path through the woods, ignore it and make your own.
But in this story, “path splitting” represents choice itself… and so in theory, making a new road is just another form of path splitting; And on a new road that's fresh made, choices will follow as well.
And even if you are making a new road, the woods through which you travel predate your road…
Especially if we go super-mystic and begin speaking of the inherant non-linearity of all things.
We are making our choices, but perhaps in a universe with more than three dimensions, it can also be said our choices are already made…
it gets tricky :-P
The choices have been made, and are there…we just have to be willing to crawl.
Can be rough on the knees, at times.