Sunday, October 07, 2012

Lazy Sunday # 241: The Butterfly Effect

The Ray Bradbury short story “A Sound of Thunder” was originally published in Collier’s magazine in 1952. By 1984, it had become the most republished short story of all time and made popular a scientific theory known as “The Butterfly Effect”.

In the story, a party of hunters from the distant future travels back to prehistoric times to hunt a T-Rex. The kill has been timed to occur an instant before the beast is killed by a falling tree, giving the participants the thrill of the hunt while not altering the past.

But panicking at the sight of the dinosaur, one of the party steps on a butterfly with the ripples of this tiny change massively altering the future.

The scientific basis of this theory is known as “the sensitive dependency on initial conditions” meaning that any outcome can be altered by the smallest change in what set it in motion or impacted it along the way.

Nothing is a foregone conclusion.

One man’s vote can make a difference.

One voice can change minds, move hearts and completely alter what happens next.

Silence and apathy can have the same effect.

The course of destiny can be blown in a new direction by the beating of a butterfly’s wings

Your choice is to be the butterfly or the one buffeted.

Enjoy Your Sunday.

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