24 March 2017

Chasing Butterflies And Hurricanes

Matthew 7: 12

Science is quite the useful tool of thought.

With science, the unseen has been made 'visible' in terms of conceptualizing what is not seen.

When considering chaos theory, specifically the butterfly effect, science explains the possibility that a very small, seemingly insignificant occurrence, may determine a larger outcome.

In short: the flapping of a butterfly's wings can give rise to a hurricane.

Taking this idea in relation to human beings, one could argue that what they do and think while alone has no influence on others.

Is this true?

We sometimes hear: who am I hurting?

Science is explaining what the faithful have long argued: we are all connected in some way, typically in ways we yet to do not fully understand nor comprehend.

The individual who practices their craft for hours on end, maybe a musical instrument, or dance, or perhaps not an art form, but the scientific study of business models and concepts, for example, can have a great impact on those around them.

Although the work is sown alone at times, when the effort is harvested the product can be quite amazing, influential and evident for many to see and realize.

What if the sowing is something that can be arguably bad, wrong, negative or detrimental?

Can it be argued that their solitary practice(s) will not have an eventual impact on the world outside?

The pervert who does what they do alone; can their inverted manners have an eventual impact on another human being?

The religious fanatic who does much study and forms a specific view of the world; can their efforts leave an impression on others?

The business master mind in the making; can their eventual effort of building a little empire for themselves have any effect on others down the road?

We may think our solitary activities cannot directly touch another if such activities or thoughts are never mentioned or outwardly evidenced.

The science behind the theories and concepts mentioned show these suppositions to not be true.

Surely we all influence the world around us on a daily basis, even if we were never to leave our homes.

Whether we take our own life, another's life, hurt a life, an animal, a tree or an insect, our ecosystem beyond the material is beyond our periphery.

From the air we breathe, the food we eat, the things we say in person or via the internet, we are leaving a road map of our lives for others to eventually happily discover, or be appalled by, or some other lasting outcome.

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