I’ve always had issues dealing with the decisions I make. Whether it’s the smallest thing, like going to the gym or not, to more important things, I’ve always had trouble making up my mind.  I always go back and forth, weighing the pros and cons of each opportunity.  I keep fearing what might be gained or lost with each decision.  But in the end, is it really worth it? How much does your every decision effect the rest of your life?

Well, there is a theory called the butterfly effect, that says even the smallest even, like a butterfly flapping its wings, can ultimately have a massive effect, for example a hurricane. This concept was perceived when a seemingly insignificant number in a code made for predicting weather was rounded  up, resulting in a huge difference in the overall weather forecast. A minor tweak gave whole new results. Similarly, if applied to your own life, this means that the smallest decision can have the largest effects.

On the other hand, you hear people talking all the time about how whatever you do, fate is the one that makes the decisions for you. How whatever you do, your destiny is predetermined. This derives from the belief that there is a fixed natural order in the universe. And believe it or not, there is a scientific explanation for this theory.

As the second law of physics tells us, energy disperses. It doesn’t say when it will, but that when it can, it will. This is the reason why balloons always deflate. It’s the reason why a perfume always reached your nose, even if the air isn’t moving around you. So if these things are meant to happen, how do we know the events occurring in our lives aren’t?

Entropy is another term in physics, which has to do with how much or how widely energy is spread out. Entropy is a amount that is always growing, since with every one of our movement we are contributing to the increase of entropy. Some scientists even say that energy will be completely spread out evenly across the universe. So is this the fixed natural order in our universe? Is this our destiny?

These two theories, the butterfly effect and fate, are both very different from one another and also very radical. For the time being, I believe it is important to find a balance between the two. Certainly we should choose wisely when given an opportunity, but I also believe that in the end you will reach your goal in life if you’re willing to work hard enough for it. Like they say, when one door closes another door opens.


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