Does it sometimes feel like the world is spinning completely out of control? That the people steering the Mother Ship have all but lost their collective minds? This week has brought another layer of crazy to what already seemed like the limit … and yet, we somehow manage to continue – each of us living our life, watching from a distance as events unfold … and sometimes from not such a distance, when the craziness hits close to home.
During such times, how are we supposed to rally ourselves to meet and greet another day? The fear and worry that can so easily grip our hearts … how do we manage to carry on, despite our deepest concerns?
The New Normal
When we look back over our fairly recent history – at least from a North American perspective – doesn’t it seem that what once was the simple, predictable and mostly secure lifestyle many of us enjoyed has all but vanished? It has gradually been replaced by endless political corruption and complexities, leading to erratic and shocking global conflicts where there used to be at least a modicum of civility – leaving our sense of security an almost ideological dream. Has this really become the new normal?
It can easily seem overwhelming, except for one powerful and enduring human weapon – the power of infinite hope. Where would civilization be without the ability to envision a better world, and the determination to then create it? Without hope, we would still be back in the dark ages … because hope is what spurs our quest for betterment. Each generation hopes their children will have a more fulfilled life than theirs, and they begin to envision the changes necessary to provide for that.
These changes are born of a determined decision that things must improve … and this decision stems from an unshakable hope that our ingenuity can create that vision. As a result, we experience a spurt of progress. But without that hope, where would the courage come from that compels us to even try? How could we possibly dare?
Hope Underpins All Advances
In the early 1960s, a meteorological scientist by the name of Edward Lorenz was running computerized equations to theoretically model and predict weather conditions. Quite by accident, he discovered that even the tiniest fractional change in a predictability equation would yield huge variances in projected outcomes.
What has this to do with the subject of hope? Well, this discovery led to the supposition of ‘The Butterfly Effect’, which is a scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. It ponders whether ‘a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil could set into motion the cause of a tornado in Texas’ …
To bring this more into focus, the implication is that each and every person alive today can, through our unique contributions and efforts, affect a change upon the future of our world. Does that seem too large to comprehend? What if we break it down into more simple terms? For example, if we each do what we can for the betterment of the earth – of our world, the one without which there is no us – then, according to the Butterfly Effect, we can change the direction of our collective future.
Creating Your Own Butterfly Effect
How would this look, then, through the lens of your own life? What changes can you make today to begin your contribution to the Butterfly Effect? Be aware that taking no action is also contributing to the overall Effect, so give some thought to what that means to you.
The Power of Infinite Hope suggests that when – and likely only when – the majority of the world’s inhabitants dare to hope for a better world and actually develop an unshakable determination to bring into fruition that vision of betterment, only then will we will regain control of our future and unseat the crazies currently steering the Mother Ship. So … will you begin your Butterfly Effect today?
… and as you consider this, remember to focus on the good things in Life!