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Your Existence Matters More Than You Think

Updated on March 30, 2017

On December 29, 1972, the American Association for the Advancement of Science held a meeting in Washington, D.C. entitled "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set a Tornado in Texas?"

The theory of Butterfly Effect was proposed by Edward N. Lorenz which indicates that a small and a minor inconvenience may have a huge effect on other life events. Lorenz's principle was that the behavior of the atmosphere is unstable with respect to perturbations of small amplitude such as the flap of a butterfly. He stressed that in its literal form the question formulated in the title was by no means claimed to have an affirmative answer. The issue was, rather, whether two particular weather situations differing by as little as the influence of the flap of the wings of a single butterfly will experience in the long run two different sequences of occurrences of events of a certain type (such as tornados).

The Butterfly Effect became eventually a metaphor used in very diverse contexts, many of them outside the strict realm of science. Indicating many questions about one's choice to matters around him. To illustrate more on ordinary life events and how everything is connected and have an effect on future life situations I will give an example. On June 28th, 1914, the heir to the Austrian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, was visiting Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Ferdinand had been warned that his visit could provoke trouble but he ignored this advice and visited Sarajevo regardless. There had been trouble at the start of his royal tour of Sarajevo when another car in his entourage was hit by a grenade and an Austrian officer had been injured. Clearly, Sarajevo was a dangerous place to be. He then ordered that his route through Sarajevo be changed at the last minute as he wanted to see the injured officer in hospital. Unfortunately, his driver did not fully understand his instructions and got lost. Stopping to check where he was, the driver attempted to reverse out on to the main street. By bad luck, he stopped right by a man called Gavrilo Princip. Now, if you googled the name Garvilo Princip you will realize that he is the assassin of Franz Ferdinand and the triggering reason or Wolrd War I.

Do you see it? The Butterfly effect? If a grenade was not launched and hit the car and if Ferdinand's driver had learned the routes of Sarajevo will there be an assassination and a world war in the first place? And we can measure that on our daily life routines. What you think is a normal choice such as going to the the grocery store may have a huge effect on other person's life. So, in a way you do not really understand, your existance is so important in accumlating other life events. And somebody's existance is as important to you as yours is to them. even if you both don't realize it.

So, if you ever had the thought of you not mattering to anyone, you do matter, to more people than you think. Your actions matter, your decisions matter, your words matter, YOU MATTER!


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