“…The idea of the ‘butterfly effect’ began when Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist, tried to explain in the early 1960’s why it is so hard to make accurate predictions about the weather. He realized that small differences in dynamic systems such as the atmosphere can trigger vast and often unexpected results.
In 1972 he presented his findings in a paper entitled ‘Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?’
Lorenz’s proposal appeared preposterous, but his ideas were shown to be completely true and accurate. The phrase ‘butterfly effect’ refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings may create tiny changes in the atmosphere that set off a chain of events that can, for example, ultimately alter the path of a tornado, or influence its speeds, or have an impact on other weather patterns.
One of the applications of the butterfly effect is the recognition that decisions and actions we as individuals take, no matter how small, can play a massive role in determining the outcome of our lives and the lives – even entire cultures. This is why Gandhi’s famous quote, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’, is so powerful. It shows how one decision to change our personal world or the world of one other person can end up transforming the world…
…If you are true to yourself, you will change the world, because the world around you will change…”
- Dave Tomlinson.