Some people believe that nothing in this world is a mere coincidence. Every choice you make, every step you take, every word you speak, no matter how insignificant they seem, may lead to greater things. The movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ revolves around how the smallest actions and decisions lead to major incidents that one couldn’t have imagined.
Very much like that story, people on Reddit share their own share of brushes with death and their life’s biggest events. All from simple acts of boredom and whims. They reached where they are in life because of how they chose to do something in the past.
According to chaos theory, the butterfly effect argues that events are susceptible to the smallest changes, which led to even bigger ones later on. Edward Norton Lorenz was one of the first mathematicians whose works with the weather and its predictions rely heavily on the butterfly effect theory.
You might be surprised to know that the butterfly effect professors, mathematicians, and physicists talk about differs from the one we commonly hear in pop culture. In The Boston Globe, Peter Dizikes wrote that pop culture ‘get his insight precisely backward’ when it comes to the butterfly effect.
The butterfly effect’s essence suggests that the flap of a butterfly’s wings could cause or prevent a tornado. But the ultimate issue is this: It is tough to calculate such things with certainty. MIT professor, Emanuel, commented, “People grasp that small things can make a big difference. But they make errors about the physical world. People want to attach a specific cause to events and can’t accept the randomness of the world.”
Very interestingly, it seems that what the majority of people understand from the butterfly effect in life thinks there is one definitely small action that affects a major part of their life. But according to Lorenz, it was, in fact, the unimaginable number of small factors, which you may never be able to pinpoint in your life, that led to that one major event in your life.
Perhaps, it was the cup of coffee, broken guitar strings, or mere whim that changed their life to some of these people. But they didn’t realize there might be other factors, and they probably won’t ever know what it is.