Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Butterfly Effect!

Hmmm... Its be a while since I sat down to write. Well quite a hibernation! Awwwwwwwwwwww... excuse me! One thing that got me during these days was the bombing of the trains in Mumbai and the fight in Lebanon. If I try to look at the situation from the lives of the innocent people who became the victims, I wonder what a life we live. We claim ourselves to be the civilized. But are we? I sometimes feel that earth would be better of in all respects, if one species has not come into being - the humans.

Its very hard to take an ethical stand in a land torn in war and communal riots. But one thing made sense to me was - the butterfly effect. For somebody's business and political interests (The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil), innocent people lose their lives and livelyhood. Actions of few people in some part of the world has a huge impact on somebody's life (Israel and Turkey plan energy pipeline). Everything is about money and power. Every company has to keep its share holders happy. Any share holder who buys some stock cannot think about the entire consequences of his small action. He/She is buying stocks to make money so that they can lead a decent life. I am not trying to say that whoever is involved in the business of stocks is responsible for everything thats happening in this world. The power of the money and the greedy nature of the humans is the root cause for most of the mess around the world.

Environmental degradation due to industrialization is another good example of butterfly effect. All these thoughts drove me to one question: What is correct? How can you lead a life without impacting others - not just humans, but any living thing on earth? I guess these subtle impacts is what making life a big challenge?!?!? On the contrary, what if, we do not know what money is??? Will that make this earth a better place??? The most logical answer that we can come up with will be: "we cannot say it conclusively". Its very hard to think in that line of thought as we have become very much dependant on it. But one can say this: "Some problems, if not all, are definitely due to the obsession that some has over money".


Badhri said...

"Some problems, if not all, are definitely due to the obsession that some has over money".

That is a correct, but, "politically correct" statement that ensures that nobody is offended.

Apart from money, the other thing that plays a larger role, is "inertia". People want to be the way they want to be or the way they are. Muslims want to be muslims and so they oppose singing Vande Mataram.
Tamils want to be tamils, so they oppose adopting Hindi. American want to stay powerful and they do what they do.

Prakash Gomathinayagam said...

To be specific not just money, the obsession over anything. money is just a virtual shade which makes it easy.
Animals use their power/beauty to sattisfy its sex or hunger. Men is bit evolved, who is obssessed in more complicated things (Love !?!?)

Till there is right, there will be a wrong. Till there is a positive charge, there will be a negative charge. they co-exist. Only solution is we have to get rid of both. good and bad. otherwise butterfly effect will continue :)

bhuvana said...

ever heard ... there's enough on this earth for everybody's need not for everybody's greed
I don't think any other animal does actions because of greed... atleast I don't think they have the brains to think much more than their need, well, i may be wrong!!!

Anand said...

bhuva, thanks for stopping by... the proverb is outdated now... two things happened - one rate of growth of human species is faster now and the second is rate of destruction of forrest and other natural habitats is also faster...