‘Something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane halfway around the world.’ – Chaos Theory.
Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But what is serves to say is that an action which might be inconsequential if viewed in itself, might be the precursor of much bigger things to come. Isn’t it the same with all of us? Without exception, we all say and do things that we don’t imagine can float in the air for a lifetime. And one fine day, they just boomerang and hit us in the face, and it is only then that we realise the full impact of a simple sarcastic remark, a gesture, a small act of rebellion a decade ago.
If only we could see the big picture, if we could project the consequence of a single action in multiple ways and leading to multiple situations and then select the best possible action, I guess we’d have heaven on Earth. But we can’t do that, and hence the complication called Life. All of us, when looking back, always think that if given a chance, we’d do things differently, for better or for worse.
So? what is the point behind writing all this? Everyone knows this. The point is this… nothing. I just thought it would be better for all of us if we could just think about the consequences of our actions, perhaps the ‘I-wish-I-could-do-things-differently’ scenario would become a rarity. As Thomasina says in the play Arcadia –
‘ If you could stop every atom in its position and direction, and if your mind could comprehend all the actions thus suspended, then if you were really really good at algebra you could write the formula for all the future.’