The flap of a butterfly’s wings somewhere in Brazil can create a tornado in Texas
An well-thought analogy framed over the years – The Butterfly Effect
What is the Butterfly effect?
A calculation of effect of ripples in the trajectories in spaces of negative curvature brought about this idea – An idea of how a simple ripple of a butterfly’s wings could lead to a severe tornado in a distant place. This is about the science behind this concept. However, to satisfy your WIIFM attitude(What is in it for Me?), let’s apply this science to our lives to understand how it relates to our life.
The butterfly effect analogy relates closely with our day to day activities. We often happen to believe that there’s very less value to what we do. We hardly know how something we do might be affecting others. This leads us to a feeling of be-littleness. We feel our work is of a lesser value and sometimes even feel you are doing things pointlessly. This happens with you, doesn’t it?
The butterfly effect tries to explain or tries to emphasize on the fact that for any small task you do, it is sure to have repercussions. These repercussions might sometimes not be known to you and sometimes you feel they are not considerable. However, the fact remains that whatever we do, it does have a value.
How do I believe in Butterfly effect?
Though, it is a personal decision whether to accept the fact or not, I would like to take you through a few instances which I personally believe proves this fact.
Back in 2014, I used to write travel blog related to my stay in Trivandrum,Kerala. Back then, I had never thought people would actually read the blog or people might be even interested to go through it. The only value of blog for me was a memory. I wrote the blog to permanently store it as a memory of my 3 months tenure in Kerala. Surprisingly, I happened to receive several emails asking more details about my experiences and my planning. It didn’t end here, I also received several emails which thanked me for the content. I felt overwhelmed to know how such a simple concept of writing down my memories actually helped people.
It is these emails which even today motivate me to write and maintain this website and share my knowledge and experiences.
I assume most of my readers here belong to the IT field. So, I believe the best example would be about how my code had repercussions on general crowd.Please note that I would not prefer to specify project details or organization details here to keep it clean. I used to work in a project for which the end user were the citizens of the country. During the development stage of the project, we were not too serious about the end user and we created an extremely complex interface to portray our abilities and ideas. The client was happy with the interface as it looked quite modern.
However, when the time came and we went for the pilot implementation after a consent from the client, I got a chance to be at ground zero – at the offices where our application was being used. Surprisingly, I found that the interface with great features was not so friendly for the employees at these offices. They found it tough to manage with this new interface. Their task completion rate reduced drastically. On analyzing the cause of this, we got to know that they were accustomed to using Keyboard shortcuts based interface which did most of the tasks using key combinations.
This is where we realized how our urge to use the latest trend ended up causing loss for the end user. These end users were not the only ones. This shift to the new system had its effect on the queues in the offices, delays in the application approvals, wastage of time & money for the citizens and also affected the economy overall.
The learning !
This effect teaches you two simple things:
- All you do is of a great value – Sometimes you just do not know the beneficiary of your work
- All you do affects a huge community, sometimes the entire world. So think broadly and take the pride of what you do