We’re all trying to make change in this world. And we are. Everything we do has repercussions. Small actions carry and can become hugely impacting ones.
Have you heard of the ‘Butterfly Effect?’ Basically, it’s a theoretical phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. It means that any action, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.
Most of us do not realise how much impact we have on the world. The little actions we easily disregard can actually be affecting someone greatly somewhere else. Maybe the coffee you picked up this morning was from a place that supports unethical production methods. The $3.50 you gave them now supports unethical coffee production. Now the coffee manufacturer will spread their farming area to produce more coffee. To do that they’ll cut down indigenous trees, but those trees shelter a whole array of animals. Those animals provided food for the people in that area. So then in order to have food, the local people take up jobs working for unethical coffee manufacturers. We need to realise the impact our small actions have on the rest of our world.
This may be an extreme example, but in a way, it is true and happening today. Whenever we do something, consequences, whether good or bad, occur. We can’t stop this fact, but we can strive to create good change. We can chose to use the butterfly effect to our advantage.