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The Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

A malachite butterfly lands on the face of a girl during a photoshoot to highlight the ‘Sensational Butterflies’ exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, in 2015. CARL COURT/GETTY IMAGES

“The butterfly effect is the idea that small, seemingly trivial events may ultimately result in something with much larger consequences – in other words, they have non-linear impacts on very complex systems. For instance, when a butterfly flaps its wings in India, that tiny change in air pressure could eventually cause a tornado in Iowa.”

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“What used to get me into trouble when I was a little person in junior school – my imagination and propensity to dream, was a trailer to the upcoming blockbuster of my life.”

I personally do not have the scientific know-how to be able to agree or disagree with the statement of the “Butterfly Effect” above, But I can attest to the statement about the little boy.

How many children in their early school years are berated and ridiculed by their teachers, laughed at by classmates, simply because of their inordinate focus on unnurtured imagination, too often passed off as ‘dreamers’? Resulting in the loss of what might otherwise have been a potential ‘blockbuster of life’ in later years. The ‘little things’ which happen in earlier lives can have catastrophic effects in later lives.

What about the massive drive to ‘save the planet’ as the world reels with the effects of various abuses by humanity on our world’s ecosystem? These abuses have been surreptitiously attacking our planet whilst we unknowingly go about our daily lives. They started off maybe a hundred years or so ago, with the introduction and growth of the industrial revolution and mass production of all manner of goods, some necessary, many not; some beneficial to humanity, many not. Probably the greater proportion assailing our ecosystem.

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This brings me to the question; if all the above has been taking place little by little in the past, what is there that you and I can do now in the present, to halt the surge of the butterfly effect and heal the damage? There are those of us that are able to start up or join groups that are actively pursuing solutions to the real global pandemic – the assaulting of our planet’s ecosystem. The greater amount of us are unable (hopefully not unwilling) to start up or join these groups, for one reason or another. What about us?

I found the following piece on the same website, which I feel, offers a solution to each and every one of us:

Alessandro Filazzola says that he does wonder about the indirect effects of his personal actions.

“The items I buy, the people I interact with, the things I say, I believe can each have their cascading effects that ripple through society,” he says. “That is why it is important to try and be a good person, to create a positive influence. One thing I also think about is how these indirect effects are often not as small and removed as I believe many would think.”

Alessandro Filazzola, a community ecologist, data scientist, and post-doctorate fellow at the

University of Alberta.

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Trail of Wilderness

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Youth in Wilderness

Along the trail of wilderness wandered I ,my heart did cry, who am, I who am I?

Yet no reply, no reply came to my reporte. Yet did the wind call in its flight yonder.

Is this the voice I seek, the voice of my thoughtse? Nay, surely not; the wind is but a knave seeking willful sporte.

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Clarence the Caterpillar (Part Two)

Clarence was terrified and began wriggling for all he was worth. The bird swooped towards the river, heading for her young ones in their nest. Clarence managed to squirm free and fell headlong into the water, where a fish took a bite at him, narrowly missing and in doing so, knocked him onto the bank. Badly shaken, bruised and cold he huddled under the safety of some rocky cover. Continue reading Clarence the Caterpillar (Part Two)

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“The energy of the Lovebird is an expression of the beautiful unconditional love that can exist between two soulmates. The attraction of soulmates for one another is extremely powerful and can transcend many apparent cultural or man-made obstacles – such as age, religion, race or sex.

The soul wants to bring the two parts of itself together and the two people involved feel the tremendous yearning to implode into oneness. However, part of the challenge of the soulmate relationship, is to love the beloved so unconditionally that one truly wants only that which serve him or her the most – and sometimes physical union is not appropriate. It is the greatest gift one can give another soul – to love that person so unconditionally, that one can discern when it is appropriate to claim the beloved for oneself, or when it is more appropriate to let go and slip away”.

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The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho

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“At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that the world spoke – the language that everyone was capable of understanding in their heart.
It was love; something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs, here at the well. She smiled and that was certainly an omen – the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure language of the world. It required no explanation; just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time.
What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and his grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed.
Maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language; it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Excerpt from ‘The Alchemist’, by Paulo Coelho.
Paulo Coelho must rank among the great contemporary writers of our day. The Alchemist must feature as his very best. As it has sold in excess of 30 million copies, translated into 63+ Languages; it would surely be a candidate for the title of a classic.

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