The butterfly effect it is a concept created by American meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960’s.
It’s the theory that one small change in the starting of an event can have a significant impact on the outcome of an event.
Edward first popularized the butterfly effect after running weather forecast through a computer using precise variables.
He realizes that just a minute alteration of any calculation such as the wind, speed, temperature or humidity, caused a dramatic influence of the following two month worth simulated weather predictions.
But “the butterfly effect”not just influences the weather. It also affects the outcome of our life. Every single event in our reality results from a past action. Let’s look at some examples:
A wrong turn started the WW1?
Many say WW1 was a combination of many things. But if it can be narrowed down to a small event it could have changed its course:
On the morning of Jun 28, 1914, someone attacked the Arch Duke of Austria Franz Ferdinand’s car with a grenade.
They failed to hit the target but instead injured the passengers in the behind of the car.
Later that day Franz wanted to visit those who were wounded.
His car lost on route, the driver of his car made a wrong turn down the street.
Standing outside the car on this street was 19-year-old Serbian Gavrilo Princip, a man involved in the attack in that morning.
He spotted the car had stalled, that was trying to turn around on the road. He runs over and kills Franz and his wife.
The wrong turn made by Fran’s car he would not die.
His murder made Austria-Hungary declare war on Serbia.
Then Germany declares war on Russia followed by France and Belgium causing the UK to declare war on Germany starting WW1.
One pull of trigger could have prevented WW2 and the death of 60 million people?
Henry Tandey, a British soldier, decided against shooting young Adolf Hitler in a French village.
If he had shot him, he wouldn’t be the driving force of WW2.
Although a war may have started, 60 million people may not have died.
Out of the 60 million people who died they could have had children.
Maybe some of which could have been next Einsteins. All because one man decided against pulling the trigger.
What would happen in the US if JFK would be still alive?
“What if” could be traced back to when he was 20 years old.
In 1914, 23 years before assassination he had an accident while playing sports. Which is the reason behind his never-ending struggle with back pain.
If not for the back pain he had not been wearing a back brace on the day he died, he would have slumped or fallen after the first non-fatal shot hit him.
But, it was impossible for him to lie down, so it stayed upright because of his back brace. Allowing his body to position correctly for a second shot.
The decisions you make today matter. Every decision points your life in the direction you are about to go. No path is an isolated choice. It is the chain of events.
What happens today may have a snowball effect on the direction of your life. Which can and will have a significant impact on everyone’s life around you.
Never underestimate the little actions you make. They can have a significant influence on yours and others life in the years to come.