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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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Behind Every Great Man……

Behind Every Great Man...

Idiom circa 1900.

We were a small family group, spirits a little down, at having bid a daughter/sister/granddaughter/niece, ‘bon voyage’ on her flight to London; first leg of her new career after graduating her honors degree at Wits University.

We strolled the restaurant corridor at the airport concourse; for the most part Dr Tshepo Motsepe 2swallowing hard, some crying openly, remembering the sight of a little blond-haired figure slipping away into the security zone.

Unexpectedly, we were approached by a young man, with a broad smile, “Would you like to meet our President’s Wife?” For my part, I wondered if it was a hoax – I mean, who in this world, is approached, at a busy international airport by a young man offering an opportunity of this magnitude?

He led us to a group of people, judging by the number of children, it was a family. Amid the group was a petite unassuming lady, who graciously turned our way as the young man began introducing us, “This is Doctor Tshepo Motsepe, the President’s Wife” Because the expression is appropriate, I will use it – I was gob smacked!

A gentlewoman in every sense of the word, softly spoken with a radiant smile, she put out her hand, for us to shake.

Dr Tshepo Motsepe 3Whilst our family were introducing themselves, I looked around, expecting to see a large security force, armed to the teeth, glaring suspiciously at the strangers standing too close to their charge. Instead, I did see a couple of bodies that looked the part – smiling, as if they were amused by the obvious surprise at our extraordinary experience. The larger part of the group surrounding this charming lady, were children, all with beaming faces.

The idiom came about in the 1900’s as an effort to draw attention to the fact that famous men, never reached their pinnacle alone – there was always a woman who could be congratulated for their rise to fame, standing solidly behind them.

Tom Head, of “The South African”, reported in an article journaled by him (see link below) a few attributes of our South African First Lady.

I thought the most striking achievements of our First Lady (taken from Tom’s article) were:

  1. Doctor Motsepe gained her MBChB, (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) at the University of KZN
  2. She completed her Master of Public Health (MPH in maternal Child Health at Harvard School of Public Health.
  3. She comes from a family line of real success. Mrs. Ramaphoso is the older sister of South Africa’s first Black Billionaire, Patrice Motsepe. Her sister, Bridget, is married to the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe.

The list goes on – read more in Tom Head’s article.

Doctor Motsepe, my Wife and I will remember this day, as will my family members, for as long as we live; may you and Mister President be anointed to rule over our country, bringing the peace and prosperity for which our Rainbow Nation has yearned.

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