"In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier."
Phew! A butterfly flaps its wings, a few weeks later, you get a hurricane.
Of course, it happens in real life. Small moments turn out to be big moments later on. A chance encounter in a bar or an airport lounge turns in to a great romance, friendship or business opportunity.
Thatâ€™s why I like art. A simple drawing can change a life, can change many lives. Iâ€™ve seen it happen with my work, Iâ€™ve seen other peopleâ€™s work affect me profoundly, even change the course of my life, just by seeing a picture in a book.
Though I admire people with the BIG idea; Bill Gates, Einstein etc. it's good to remember that small ideas can turn out to be big ones, too, if they change a life for the better, if they make someoneâ€™s life suddenly feel more â€œworth itâ€, somehow.