Whoever you are, and whoever you believe you are, you have a bigger purpose than you think.
To fully understand the concept of how things are interrelated, we must understand the influence of actions. Our major decisions may seem to hold more weightage when considering what really affects us and the way we live. However, let’s try to explore how every small detail can hold great value.
Have you ever wondered why movies about time travel highlight the point to never change anything in history? Fichte says in ‘The Vocation of Man’:
“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.”
The butterfly effect is a topic taught in chaos theory in mathematics. General Stanley McChrystal wrote in ‘Team of Teams’ :
“The reality is that small things in a complex system may have no effect or a massive one, and it is virtually impossible to know which will turn out to be the case.”
Another very important description of the butterfly effect can be found in ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman:
“The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe”
Let me try to explain this effect with a simpler example.:
Hypothetically, you’re hanging out with a friend and a small action of yours catches their eye. This action may seem absolutely irrelevant to you, but your friend takes an impression from it. This may lead them to thinking about it from time to time, leading to a more influencing nature.
This action may hold a bigger place in their life events than it had for you, or it may have no effect at all. As said above by General Stanley McChrystal, it’s virtually impossible to know for sure.