The Butterfly Effect

I’m not sure if I believe in the Butterfly Effect. If you are unfamiliar with the term, in chaos theory, the Butterfly Effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Not only am I not sure I believe it, but I also may not understand it. Let’s try that again. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is a scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. If you still don’t understand, just watch the 2004 movie with Ashton Kutcher. I grow weary of trying to explain it to anyone who would read this blog.

As I returned from my business trip this week, I got a bit worried when I saw this …

Unfortunately, that’s a lot of dead butterflies and other insects splattered all over my car’s windshield. On the one hand, I fear I may have radically changed the world with my killing spree. On the other hand, considering what a shit show of a world we are living in today, I’m ready to hit the road again and kill me some more butterflies.

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