The Butterfly Effect.
How many times have you heard someone say “Everything happens for a reason”? It doesn’t sound very new to us. Everyone, at some point in their life says it to themselves or, at least, someone else does. Maybe because it lightens the burden or the fear of incoming consequences. When you believe that everything does happen for a reason you’re believing in what science calls, the Butterfly Effect. It all started around 45 years ago with a simple question about a butterfly flapping its wings. The point was to know if the flapping would affect the weather over a whole nation or even the nation on the other side of the globe. The concept was developed by Professor Edward Lorenz.
The Butterfly Effect does not actually work due to a butterfly’s wings flapping but what Lorenz meant was that small changes in a scenario lead to better or worse scenarios. For example, if your parents wouldn’t have met, they would’ve never married and you would’ve never existed. It’s not at all a complex concept but it exists in a very complex and infinite manner. It is all around us, everywhere. When we say ‘everywhere’ it means literally everywhere. When we look at one scenario, there might me millions of scenarios that lead to it and billion more which lead to the millions. It goes on and on and on. The consequences may be positive or negative but there is a certainty of the event. Small changes in your daily routine lead to you living everyday differently. Let us look at some greater examples of butterfly effect.
World War l was one of worst events in mankind’s history, being the one which lead to worse events like the World War ll, the tension in the middle east and even the emergence of terrorist groups like ISIS and Taliban. But what if World War One never took place? The Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand survived a bomb attack during his way to a meeting with the injured in a hospital. But later on the same day his driver took a wrong turn and had to stall to take the car back. There a Swedish assigned assassin took a chance and shot him and his wife. This led Austria to take arms against Sweden, which caused Germany to declare war against Russia, causing nations like UK and then US to get involved. If only, the driver hadn’t taken a wrong turn none of this would’ve happened. Of course the war might have still taken place but certainly not in the same way. There were a number of things that led to the war but this would’ve eliminated a couple of them. But the small route changed caused a worldwide disturbance.
In 1918 when UK was fighting in France, Henry Tandey, a British Army soldier, came across an injured German soldier and decided to spare his life. That injured soldier was Adolf Hitler and the rest is dark history. All that happened could’ve been avoided by just one pull of the trigger. Kindness of one lead to something devastating.
One small change can disturb the equilibrium causing an event that is unexpected but still destined. Everything around us affects our daily routine and makes our life dynamic and full of surprises. The Butterfly Effect is simple yet so fascinating. No matter how much we try to control our environment there are infinite other events which can affect you to still fall into an unplanned situation. And in other people’s lives you and your actions might be one of the things that affect their even though you wouldn’t be aware of it.
So, if you think you don’t matter, I’d suggest you think again.