In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
When you Google this effect, Wikipedia quite exquisitely implies that for change to be visible in society, something somewhere is sensitively dependent on something else somewhere else to happen. Actually; not something, no: a Deterministic nonlinear system. No wonder people are opting for Australia or Canada.
Let’s be honest, if we want change bad enough we will roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. Some might argue that a day out in search of changing something might be futile in the scheme of bigger things. So is thinking that a butterfly flapping its wings in the outskirts of the Karroo will one day cause a tornado in Japan. Before I get too carried away with this, I think Mister Lorenz had a point: small changes in behavior have to somehow have a bigger effect later on. Small changes multiplied even more so.
How is all this applicable to post teen-purpose-searching creatures like us?
Earlier in life, we were told that we could do anything and be anything we want. Everyone running the 60 meter race got a chocolate medal, and if we were offended we were told it was the end of the world. Somewhere between all this students lost their sense of purpose and the natural instinct to go out in the world and make a difference disappeared. It’s much easier to stare at a computer screen than to get sweaty. Since when is it okay to ‘like’ a post when a friend’s dog dies?
Before you get offended by this post, let me tell you the very simple, very practical conclusion I have furiously been typing away at to get to. Since Edward Lorenz was brave enough to publish a paper that says butterflies can cause tornadoes, I can be brave enough to say that even just our smiles can influence the current situation we are experiencing in the world. Your smile reciprocates and multiplies through the souls of beings you interact with...you smile, they smile, everyone smiles. Problem solved.