ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Geography, Nature & Weather

The Butterfly Effect, A Laymans View

Updated on March 13, 2013
A hungry Mosquito
A hungry Mosquito
A Ghost Town
A Ghost Town

A Mosquito

This story is merely fiction. It is given as an example of what is meant by the Butterfly Effect.

A mosquito is flying, looking for some flesh to draw some nourishing blood from. He spots an animal, a man, high on a pole. He lands on the man’s arm, inserts his syringe, after he is sated he roughly withdraws and flies away.

The electrician, anxious to finish work, decides not to wait for the “cherry picker”, instead uses the ladder that he had with him. Whilst at the top of the electric pylon he was pierced by a mosquito and quickly moved to squat it, missing.

The sudden movement, by the electrician, caused him to lose balance on the ladder. He dropped to the ground and the ladder fell against the wires causing a short, creating a black out across the whole district.

In the zip factory, it suddenly went dark and the machinery stopped. The owner immediately knew that for him, it would be a complete disaster. He had too quickly accepted his first big order; he had already had to put all his staff on extended overtime and to save on cost had not yet put in a generator. Now, he knew, he would have to tell, the customer, that he would not be able to complete the order in time for tomorrow’s ship. He could only hope that next weeks ship would be alright.

The CEO of the trouser factory was livid. He should have known, not to trust, that third world countries zip maker, yet he had to cut costs to remain competitive. He could not afford to have the workers, on that particular line, stand idle with pay for one week. He would make them stay at home for a week.

A section, of the trade union, did not agree with the production line closing for a week and so picketed the factories entrance. There was trouble at the picket line and some people were injured. Management blamed the union and the union blamed management. A full strike at the factory followed.

It was approaching the height of the sales season, for clothing. On hearing of the labor dispute customers cancelled their orders and renewed them with trouble free factories.

In the small town, the main employment was the clothing factory. Without that, there was nothing to hold the people there. People left in droves; trying to find somewhere they could find employment.

The town became a “Ghost Town” because one mosquito, two thousand miles away, was hungry.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Fr. John 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful example. Would you mind if I used in a sermon? Thanks.

    • Lady Wordsmith profile image

      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Ahh, very useful hub. It's so true, we see little things affecting big things every day. It's incredible. I often see things, and it occurs to me that if I hadn't done something earlier in the day to make me a little later than I'd planned, then I wouldn't have seen the road accident/parade pass by/hot air balloon flying over/policemen on horseback/anything you can think of that's unusual in my day :)

      Interesting. Your hubs are just excellent - they really make me think, which is something I'm always grateful for.

    • rafken profile image

      rafken 7 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      drbj Thanks. Butterfly, Domino or any other effect,it doesn't matter. Anything WE do, will affect someone, or something, in the world. We must always, think before we do but always do what we think.

      Never forget to remember to remember.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent example of the Butterfly Effect and unfortunately, so true! Thanks, rafken.

    • rafken profile image

      rafken 7 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Thanks again Tony.

    • profile image

      Tony DeLorger 7 years ago

      That's cool, and so true. A close friend is in the rag trade and sometimes she has days like that!