FS-Taylor Williams-The Butterfly Effect

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect states that small actions magnify and impact later ones. This can easily be applied to human behavior. One of the first things you learn in preschool is to treat others the way you want to be treated. As you grow up, this philosophy becomes both deeper and harder to follow. On Saturday, we worked in teams of two. We relied on each other to do our best so that the other would not have to do as many burpees.

More common, absolutely everyone, everyday applies the butterfly effect to how they interact with others. I wish more people, particularly people my age in high school, would think about this concept. Instead, the majority of the population gets caught up in the moment and caught up with themselves, without considering those around them who will either suffer or benefit from the things they say and do. Personally, I try to work on being kind and compassionate towards others, but I am not perfect- no one is.

This is where I think the most important application of the butterfly effect occurs, in apology. By accepting your actions and making up for them, not only do you grow and mature as a person, but the other person learns as well. If everyone in the world refused to conciliatory, people would stop believing in the goodness of others and give up on positive relations all together. That is why it so important not only consider your actions and words before they are done, but also to look at how they affect others after.


Posted on May 6, 2014 .