This article is a preface to a song Fabrizio sings. It was written by a friend, Scott Cook. Here is the refrain...

Pass it along, pass it along

May it land in careful hands when we're gone

You carry it for a moment

But time won't loan it to you for long

You don't own it, pass it along

However the introductory thoughts leading up to the tune are wonderful in their own right. Here is part of that intro..."Few years ago, Tyler Volk at New York University wanted to figure out exactly how many carbon atoms do we release with every exhale? Turns out to be a half a billion trillion carbon atoms with each exhale. That's a five followed by 20 zeroes. That's a lot of little pieces of us that we breathe out every single exhale, right?

So then the next step was for him to figure out, "Okay, so how far do these travel, and then how far do I need to travel to encounter one of these carbon atoms once again?"

Long story short, it turns out that no matter where you go in the world -- Antarctica, North Pole, Africa, you name it -- every meter sphere of air around you contains 50 carbon atoms from each one of your exhales over the last year. That's worth a pause. 50 carbon atoms from each one of your exhales over the last year will greet you no matter where you go on Planet Earth.

That means we're touching everybody else's carbon atoms too. Interconnectedness is not an abstract concept. It's very, very real. There is not a blade of grass on this Earth that does not contain thousands of your carbon atoms. There's not a blade of grass on this Earth that does not contain thousands of the atoms that used to make up the Buddha's body or Jesus or Gandhi or Genghis Khan or Hitler or Mozart or Bach."

Pass It Along: A Luthier Shares a Song — by Fabrizio Alberico

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1779/...izio-alberico/