We all have heard of the Chaos Theory (also known as the Butterfly Effect) in one way or another. The concept is quite simple, a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil creating a chain of events that will lead to a tornado in Texas a few days later. It’s an interesting concept that embodies the togetherness of the Whole and demonstrates how all things and events are knitted together in the endless fabric of space and time, even though the complexity may be way too great for our human intellect to grasp. Anyway, like all great Truths in the Universe, this concept can be transposed to other fields of human knowledge whether its value is positive, negative or neutral.
Allow me to explain.
Home Economics. One might prefer to buy a product because it’s cheaper, knowing fully well that the company that produces it is not environmentally/socially/politically friendly. The harm done is innocuous, how can such a simple purchase decision have the capacity to affect the world? The truth is, like a gentle breeze is strewn from the wings of the butterfly, that purchase decision will create the incentive for that company to continue production using its unethical ways which will sooner or later fall upon the consumer that is responsible for the decision on the first place.
Environmental. China is dealing with a serious problem of pollution right now. Not only Beijing, but also Shanghai, Guangzhou and several other regions in the country. This is cause mainly by excessive and undiscriminated factory production and oil-combustion based vehicles. Along the last decade, United States has been allocating their production centers to China, the workforce is cheap, the ethical values for employees are flexible, etc. Also, they sell a lot of oil to China to fuel the exponential increase in private car purchases by the growing medium-class in the Chinese population. So, was it really a surprise when the United States discovered that their pollution levels were rising from an outside source? Where? China of course. The wind was carrying the pollution all the way back to the States. Unfortunately this makes it a lot harder for the US government to control its pollution levels since they have no hand in the affairs of Chinese politics.
And last, but definitely not least…
Financial. The world is drowned in loans as everyone knows. It matters not if we are referring to people, governments or organizations. The debt numbers have reached astronomical values and grow every passing minute. What few people know is that there is an awful truth concealed behind the mask of debt. Let’s imagine that you apply for a 10.000 loan with a 5% interest rate. This means that whenever the totality of the loan has been paid you would have paid a total amount of 10.500 dollars, thus, at the end of the day there will be more 500 dollars in circulation in the global economy that were created out of thin air, without any material deposit to support it. More money in circulation means a greater inflation rate for the whole economy. A greater inflation rate means that you will need more money next year to buy the exact same things that you bought this year, but if the money is, in fact, worth less then maybe, just maybe, you will need another loan. As you probably understood, this is the vicious cycle that haunts our world today and it’s what makes us slaves to money, debt and the banking system. In truth, it all started with a small loan for 10.000 dollars once and is now a race towards the cliff of inescapable global financial and economic collapse.
.Have no illusions, you are powerful and your decisions affect the world. Choose wisely.