Sunday, 20 September 2009

Basketball in the petrol station

The butterfly effect is a phrase that encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not "cause" the tornado in the sense of providing the energy for the tornado, it does "cause" it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado, and without that flap that particular tornado would not have existed.

it's not a naieve thing to try and save the world, but rather a waste not to try. maybe our different creeds, colours and ideas are ideally intended as different solutions to a global problem and we can exist as that solution. i'd like to think i favour inspiring ideas and techniques with which we can better ourselves and surroundings. many theories attest everything has it's opposite, ying to yang, hot to cold, destruction to creation. most problems, physical, emotional, spiritual, local, national, global ususally stem from an unbalance. too much of one thing without enough of the other. Sigmund Freud said "Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock."
If that's how or when it began, then i believe we as people can do more than that these days. Do it. Smile at someone, call your mum, be nice for 3 minutes, whatever.
"I destroy my enemies when i make them my friends"