Change One Thing, Change Everything

I watched the Butterfly Effect the other nite. Really fascinating movie. I can't get it out of my head.

The tag line to the movie is, "Change One Thing, Change Everything." And that's no overstatement, either. I can't help but think of all the bad things I've done in my life and how I have so wanted to go back and change them. If I could only change this or that, everything would have worked out, and it would be great. But what happens if you could go back ... what happens if you could, indeed, change that one little bad thing you did, yet your good intention simply leads to, well, plenty of other bad things that you hadn't thought of and have no control over? What then? Do the math. It never ends. It even gets deeper when you realize that actions are only the gross manifestations of conscious thoughts. What if you went back and changed your thoughts? How would that more subtle change affect your outward actions? Still deeper ... what about your unconscious thoughts? That's what really guides most of us, now isn't it? Just how do you change that, anyway?

I figure the only way around this paradox (aside from not thinking about it) is to look back to learn from the obviously bad things, change your thoughts and behavior in the present so you don't repeat the really stupid mistakes, and that will increase the chances of a pretty nice future with more good things. Simply. Yet profoundly complex for some reason. I guess it's the butterfly effect ...

I'm looking for a really good book on this. Any suggestions?

Comments:

Jim, try "One" from Richard Bach. Not so much about bad things but about making choices and how your life may have developed differently based on these choices. It's also a love story of some sort. And it's a beautiful book to read! Check out the reviews on Amazon. They're almost all 5-star ... see also http://www.geocities.com/rbsite2000/private/books/one_intro.htm

Posted by Tom Felner on September 29, 2004 at 08:29 AM JST #

Cool. Thanks, Tom. I'll give it a read for sure.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 30, 2004 at 06:48 AM JST #

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