The Butterfly Effect – What a Fascinating Theory!
Life is full of actions and reactions. This is what makes up the world around us. Our actions, no matter how small they appear actually get bigger as they begin to manifest themselves into reality. It’s somewhat similar to small waves in the ocean that build on themselves to eventually become a much bigger wave.
Every action or decision has some kind of effect on something or someone, if only in an indirect way. How we approach these decisions or actions we take can have a huge impact, not just on those directly involved, but on others we could hardly fathom would be affected. You never know what little action may be the tipping point for another action and or reaction.
When you hear the words “The Butterfly Effect”, most of you will probably think of the movie. That was about the chaos theory, meaning one series of events leads to another and the effect of changing the course of those events.
Actually the term “The Butterfly Effect”, was a phenomenon proposed in a doctoral thesis written in 1963 by Edward Lorenz. It states that a butterfly, by flapping its wings in one place and time is able to create a major weather event in another place and time, eventually having a far-reaching ripple effect on subsequent events.
The butterfly effect suggests that cause and effect are applicable in the universe even if the pattern is indecipherable and the precise cause of our predicaments, rooted far away in time and space, are ultimately unfathomable. More than just an esoteric science, the chaos theory works off the concept that the relation between any two things is rarely linear in nature, that any reaction is usually the result of an accumulation of causative factors small and large, intentional and accidental.
The butterfly effect implies that a small event or action can have a very significant even dramatic effect on any given outcome in the future. The idea of the Butterfly effect is so prominent in everything that we do –It is why making even a small change in one part of your life can cause ripple effects in the rest of your life. What a fascinating theory!
Our lives are the sum of our actions and the choices we make, whether it is big or small, they shape and determine our lives. The most obvious result is the impact it has on us, but they also have an impact on the lives of others. If the impact were immediate, we would think twice before we act. But most of the time there is not an immediate or obvious impact. As a result, we take action and make choices without thinking too much of the consequences. By the time the full impact of our choice hits us in the future, it is too late for regrets.
We are ultimately responsible for our direct actions and consequently responsible for where we are at in our lives. The smallest most insignificant event has the potential to change your life and those around you. The butterfly effect impacts everyone with results of these actions. We must always keep in mind that our thoughts, words and actions might have an impact on ourselves and others.
The way we chose to live, the way we react to a situation all has bearing on our future circumstances, and that of the world we live in. If this concept of the butterfly effect is enticing to you, you should just try to do the best that you can and ensure that your actions and thoughts carry with them a good pure intention.
We must always consider the possible consequences that our choices and actions can cause. Being aware of the impact of our actions will lead to better decision making. We must always ask ourselves – If I take this action, what events are likely to develop? And – What kind of impact will this decision have on others and me now and in the future?
The butterfly effect affects our lives and our future. In essence, the butterfly effect portrays how every decision we make and everything we do has a profound effect on everyone and everything around us. That’s the butterfly effect at its best. And it all revolves around small decisions that we make every day.
Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP
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