While I was walking across a traffic intersection yesterday, I saw a car traveling very slowly toward a red light. Initially I thought the driver was about to stop before the traffic sign so I could walk across the street. But the more I looked at the car, the more suspicious I got. Out of my surprise, the car kept going through the red light at constant speed. Since there wasn’t much traffic at that time, I was glad that the driver didn’t hit me and others.
It was a just simple thought that had stopped me from crossing the street. Immediately I felt like I was a victim of careless driving and was emotionally depressed for a while. Unfortunately, I couldn’t prove it physically. Perhaps the driver never realized what he/she had done. Perhaps there really should be an accident to prove that the driver was reckless. No matter how hard I tried to remember the license plate, the end result would just prove otherwise – nothing happened!
I think, in science, it is also difficult to observe something like “butterfly effect”. Here is a piece of information about the effect on human behavior from Wikipedia:
When you think of effects, there is a action, and a reaction. Every action we take has a reaction. We stand in the same place, nothing happens, we throw a ball, energy is released, and the ball impacts on something.
However, when we think of effects, there is a major(visible/logical), and a minor (invisible/unseen, uncalculatable) effect to everything that we do.
For instance, we drive our car out of the driveway every morning at 7am and it will eventually need to be refilled with gas, which is a major effect. However, if we choose to enter traffic 5 minutes later at 7:05am, our thought patterns, the people we encounter, whether someone gets into an accident or misses an accident because we delayed them, either now or in 5 years, that is the invisible effect.
The major effects that you conduct everyday can be calculated, and will add up eventually. If you save 5 dollars everyday, eventually it will add up to a large amount. The invisible effect is a tiny change, that changes the timing, the thoughts, the actions ever so slightly. We all have our basic programming, we breath, eat, act in generally the same way. We have a program, but that program depends on inputs, and if you add something slightly different, the program will run slightly differently over time. Not enough to make a major change yet, but in the long run you may think/act somewhat different, or some things that you would have/would not have missed will occur.
Is LGAT experience a major effect or a minor effect? I believe you’ve seen a lot of visible changes from people who participated in the program. But what about the unseen or uncalculatable effects? From my personal experience, it really takes a lot of time and efforts to evaluate and fix psychological as well as physcial damages. Perhaps time will tell. Anyhow, I wish you all the best.