Though The Ramayana deals with the actions of powerful deities and the awesome powers of the cosmos, it presents us with a world in which individual choice matters, a world where the choices people make often have quite serious consequences.
At various points in the epic narrative, characters make decisions, some good, some not so good, that will have serious repercussions one way or the other.
For instance, Rama, doubting the fidelity of his wife Sita, makes the fateful decision to send her away from court. After spending some considerable time at the hermitage of Valmiki, she eventually returns to the royal palace of Ayodhya, where she is required to undergo a test of her virtue. In the event, the earth opens up and swallows Sita, taking her back to her roots.
Though wise in many respects, Rama undoubtedly made a big mistake in doubting Sita's constancy. Instead of trusting her, he gave credence to baseless court gossip and abandoned the pregnant Sita in a forest. In doing so, he was replicating his own exile in a forest after he was banished from court at the request of his stepmother Kaikeyi.
What this unfortunate episode illustrates is that even wise people, brave and noble individuals like Rama, can make foolish decisions that will generate negative consequences.