The Chaos Theory

The Chaos Theory: It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.

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.

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12 comments

  1. We’re only able to request the changes we want in our lives now, when the moments have passed.If you were to go back to the moment you pushed Jackie down the stairs, you probably would still have done it. That was your conscious choice and back then you probably would not have had it any other way. As a result, whatever consequence emerged from that happened because you made it so.In hindsight we know everything. Problem is, our brain (and egos) make us think we knew it all along but just never acted with it.I’m sure I’ve confused you now.:) .al.

  2. Bambino · · Reply

    Watch the movie. I know what you’re saying but I’m talking about the possibilities of changing and correcting your past – so perhaps now that you know better, you could travel back and right those wrongs.

  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    Sometimes when I drift off…(actually most of the time) I think about the ‘whatifs’ and there are so many eventful decisions which made me what I am today. Reading about your ‘what ifs’ reminds me a lot of myself. I would have been a totally different person, right on the opposite end if I didn’t…but I agree…I wouldn’t change a thing! Btw, thanks for reminding me about this movie, I wanted so much to watch it when it came out but completely forgot. I always love reading about these mathematical theories and how they actually affect our surroundings without you realising. Heard of Fibonacci or the golden ratio? They are responsible for a lot of the way nature works/looks! F.

  4. Bambino · · Reply

    I am not familiar with those theories but they sound interesting! Yeah you should watch it if you spend the better half of your time thinking too much (like me – classic Capricorn). Tell me how it goes!And by the way, F for ?Fip isit?

  5. Anonymous · · Reply

    Well, it you have the time do google on it, I assure you it’s not some deadbeat boring theory and will not fail to amaze or fascinate you.Heh…I’m a Piscean – the dreamer, it’s no wonder eh.I’m wondering…those beautiful graphics on your blog…are your creation?F. = my initial

  6. Bambino · · Reply

    Oh no they aren’t mine! I’m a collector of graphics. I really should put a disclaimer on my blog and give credit to the artists.Yeah I gathered F would be your initial. Just wondered what it stands for thats all.Anyway, will look it up during my spare time!

  7. Anonymous · · Reply

    That’s cool…I do that too! Would you like to exchange e-mail? P.S. I’ll let you know what F means…heehee

  8. paisley · · Reply

    i believe i am the culmination of all that i have been,,, and to change so much as a moment of it,,, would be to change it all…

  9. Bambino · · Reply

    Exactly! That is precisely what I was trying to say. Love how you placed those words so beautifully.

  10. rayner · · Reply

    i love the showi love the blogi love the last couplei’d love to just know you. -no obligations

  11. Bambino · · Reply

    Sounds innocent enough. Tx for reading. I don’t think anyone quite appreciates my rant like you do!

  12. rayner · · Reply

    i just realized i sound like a soon-to-be stalker.. not cool.

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