Is the world connected by some butterfly effect? Is chaos theory responsible for the terrible events which happen on this planet traversing the cosmos?
In simple terms the chaos theory or butterfly effect states that an event in one part of the world can cause an equal or greater disturbance in another part of the world. A butterfly flapping its wings on the Galapagos Islands may be responsible for a hurricane in the Florida Keys.
In the news media today there were accounts of what happened in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan.
Quoting from THE DAILY MAIL:
The rampage began when over a thousand protesters flooded into the streets after Friday prayers where they heard reports about the Koran burnings in America last month.
After slaying the guards, the armed mob scaled the compound’s blast walls before setting fire to a guard tower and several other buildings.
An Afghan police source, who asked not to be named, said the chief of the mission in the city was wounded but survived.
Among those murdered were Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish and Nepalese nationals. Two were decapitated, it is understood.
The shocking killings in Afghanistan today were triggered by anger at the burning earlier this month of a copy of the Koran at a church in Florida.
The controversial ceremony was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp and preacher Terry Jones.
On March 21 this year, he finally carried out his threat. A copy of the Koran was burned in front of a crowd of 30 people outside his church. Beforehand, he held a bizarre mock trial and execution of the Holy Book before fellow pastor Wayne Sapp doused it in gasoline and set fire to it.
He claimed he went back on his word because he has been trying to give the ‘Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book’ but received no response from them.
Butterfly Effect: a Floridian pastor burns the Koran and people stormed the United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif and slaughtered people who had no connection to the pastor. Does this make any sense?
To the rational mind the answer must be no. Sectarian violence is violence which has no justification in a civilized world.
Since the beginning, religion has inspired and produced great strides for humans on this planet. However, at the same time certain individuals, certain sectarian fractions, extremist pockets, and sociopathic, charismatic leaders have ravaged, raped and killed countless men, women and children all in the name of their deity or deities. The pages of human history are scarlet tinted from such atrocities.
What Wayne Sapp and Terry Jones did with the sacred book burning was an injudicious act. In other words they should have behaved like ministers of the Gospel. The Nazarene Teacher would not approve of such blatant misuse of his teachings.
On the other hand, the individuals who attacked and murdered the UN staff are equally guilty of allowing a man who they did not know to stir up barbaric instincts. Rational human beings always keep their animal tendencies in abeyance.
Protest! Yell and scream! State your case.
However, murder is still murder no matter the reason or cause.
On this orb hanging in space we need to respect the beliefs of others. Their sacred texts are part of whom and what they are.
Attacking these sacred texts may be sanctioned by one’s rights, but if we ever are going to rise above our differences and become one planet, then changes must happen. What is wrong with respect and tolerance? Love your neighbor regardless of their race, orientation, creed, etc?
There are too many conflicts. Violence happens every second on the earth. When are we going to grow up? When are we going to accept responsibility for our own actions and their effects around the world? When are we going to behave like civilized people?
Chaos hangs over this planet. We humans tend to prefer chaos to a rational order of things. When do we crawl out of the cradle of infancy and accept our destiny in the cosmos?
Killing each other is a pestilence which will eventually bring the human race to extinction. Perhaps, this is our destiny—to disappear and allow the earth to be reborn without humans to contaminate the life cycle which was formed when the morning stars sang at the dawn of creation.
Many humans would be classified as a violent species. They are a virulent strain which it seems must run its course to oblivion.
It is time to end the violence, hate, and war. Let your voice be heard. Let your actions speak as a citizen of the world and a member of the cosmic community before it is too late.
G. D. Williams © 2011
CHAOS AND FRACTALS
LOS ANGELES TIMES