So what is this movie about really? It’s not just about time travel but it plays with the idea of it to demonstrate what this theory is all about. The Butterfly effect is a concept that is derived from chaos theory. The Butterfly Effect implies that a butterfly fluttering in the Amazon can theoretically eventually alter the path of a tornado (or cause a tornadoe) in Texas. The concept was popularized in meteorology. The idea in meteorology that the flapping of a butterfly’s wing will create a disturbance that in the chaotic motion of the atmosphere will become amplified eventually to change the large scale atmospheric motion, so that the long term behavior becomes impossible to forecast. The “Butterfly Effect” is often ascribed to meterologist Edward Lorenz. In a paper in 1963 given to the New York Academy of Sciences he remarks:
One meteorologist remarked that if the theory were correct, one flap of a seagull’s wings would be enough to alter the course of the weather forever.
I know! Intense isn’t it?? Talk about butterflies changing the world and coming to me to die and what not. If that’s not drama I don’t know what is.
It got me thinking, every single thought and action and emotion can effect the rest of my life and the lives of others around me and if I were to change a single thing in my past, would it be for the good of others even if it ends up with me suffering from an illness or a physical handicap? I wouldn’t be who I am today if I were to travel back in time and live with mum instead of dad, to not have mustered up the guts and move to Australia alone at the age of 13…etc. Or even the slightest things like have I not pushed Jackie down the stairs when she pissed me off – (Im going to hell), have I not sold my diary in primary school to buy an ice cream, have I just remembered to wear my bra to school that day, have I slept in that Monday, have I not pushed Jade into the swimming pool (yes be warned, I like pushing people), have I not kissed Chris infront of my baby brother, have I been able to get along with Elena and DL….
I might now: Have long hair. Not have a friendster/fridae/myspace account. Have no idea who Leonie and Amanda is. Speak Spanish. Lost a finger. Be a raging heteroslutual. Have a 3 year old Kid. Not be the black sheep. Be a Canadian. Not be able to squat. Be pale. Be a druggie. Have fingernails. Have more friends. Only wear designer brands. Not drink as much. Substitute apple for a cigarette. Think Jude Law is hot and Jolie is not (choi choi choi!).
Just think about it. If you could go back in time to change a particular event, how would it effect the rest of your life? Would you really want to change anything so bad that you would risk altering everything you have now?
I love my life but when Biko asked me after the movie if I would change anything, I replied, “Yeah! Heaps!” in a heartbeat.
Then I started listing it in my head: I wouldn’t have ran away from home that fateful night. I wouldn’t have pushed Jackie down the stairs. I would have taken up Mandarin more seriously. I wouldn’t have been such a rebel in high school. Would have been more careful with who I loved. I would have locked my room door. I would have learned my lesson(s).
But then , just before I dozed off to sleep, she kissed my forehead and I realized I would change absolutely – Nothing.