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Cause and Effect (How it Affects Us)

If you believe in the order of the universe (that, (1.) things do not just happen randomly, there is a reason for (and an order to) everything, which is because, (2.) there are laws governing the universe, such as the law of cause and effect or you can call it the principle of causation) then you know that there is nothing anyone does (cause) that does not have an equal reaction (effect). If you don’t believe this, well…
It is very simple: whatever you do, you’re at the same time investing an equal force in the opposite direction (towards you), and it doesn’t matter how long it takes for that equal reaction to reach you, make no mistake, it will reach you in this very lifetime.
I want you to take note of the word “EQUAL“, where I referred to an “equal reaction”. Got it? Very good.

Now that we are clear on that, let’s move on.

The universe is a complex system. Various parts of it are working simultaneously and at the same time obeying the laws of the universe. For example, somewhere in Congo, a man committed a grievous crime secretly, the universe logs it into its account and according to its configuration, sets the date for the reaction. While in a small town in Japan a young girl offered a helping hand, the universe does the same thing as it did in Congo.
Now, between Congo and Japan, other things are done almost simultaneously by other people and, of course, the universe logs EVERYTHING into its book of account.

At this point, let me tell you something you probably don’t know, except maybe you are a mathematician. There is something we call the ‘Chaos Theory‘. It is a branch of mathematics that deals with complex systems whose behaviour is highly sensitive to slight changes in its initial conditions, so that small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences. Don’t worry about the big words, they don’t really matter right now. There is something I want to bring out of this; it is one of the principles of chaos known as “The Butterfly Effect“. It is the concept that small causes can have large effects. It says that a butterfly flapping its wings in Nigeria could cause a hurricane in China three months later. How? If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened.
Did you say,”What!”?

Calm your waters.

What it is saying is what I’ve said before, just in a more complex language: whatever happens has been caused by something.

Now remember the word we kept aside? What’s it again?

This is where we are going:
You might say, how is the flapping of a butterfly’s wings equal to a hurricane?
Come down a notch to the man in Congo and the little girl in Japan.
The reward of that little girl might range from someone buying her a bicycle to someone sponsoring her university education. Who knows?
But one thing is certain–feel free to disagree (but read to the end first)– the cause and the effect are equal.
How do I know this?
1. We’ve agreed that there are laws governing the universe. These laws are immutable.
2. This is important: WE ARE NOT THE UNIVERSE. We don’t know the magnitude of the action (or cause), so we don’t know beforehand what the appropriate reaction (or effect) would be. But once we see an effect, we accept that it is the just recompense of an earlier cause.

However, what we cannot say for sure is ‘which cause produced this effect?’
For this very reason, we need not concern ourselves with other people’s actions and start to judge; we are not in the right position to judge others, in case you don’t know. Nor should you attribute an effect to a cause, because you also don’t know for sure.

Look, there are numerous things you can learn in this world, so much you need to learn in order for you to be relevant. So why bother yourself with something you can’t understand and shouldn’t understand.
It’s a waste of the short time you have on earth.
Make your life count for things that matter, things that concern you, things that improve you, things that sets you apart.

Watch your action, no matter how little it may seem, because you don’t know how much it weighs on the cause-and-effect scale.

Your words, they are powerful, they are life.
There is no point in talking when you don’t have something to say. If you do, other than the fact that you’ve made noise, someone that hears you now will value your words less when he hears you again.

It all boils down to being wise.



I am an avid reader and a student of stoicism. I believe we are more powerful than we give ourselves credit, and the limits of our power are still to be discovered. I have a deep interest in the study of the brain and the mind.

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