Monday, October 05, 2009

Scientists recognize the unpredictability of
nature, and have been trying to make sense
of it. Even the most seemingly simple events
are governed by this unpredictability.

When and where will bubbles appear in a pot
of boiling water? What patterns will be made by
the smoke of a lit cigarette? How does the position
of water molecules at the top of a waterfall relate
to their eventual position at the bottom? God might
just as well have taken all those water molecules
under the table and shuffled them personally.

The new science of chaos is attempting to predict
the unpredictable through intricate mathematical
models. In the classic example, a butterfly flutters
its wings in Texas and there is a typhoon in
Tokyo six days later.

The connection may not seem obvious, but
it exists. That little change of air pressure caused
by the butterfly can get multiplied and magnified,
resulting in a tornado. But it can never be entirely
predicted. That’s why weather forecasters seem
to be wrong so often, and why any forecast longer
than about forty-eight hours away is unreliable.
Yet among all the possible occurrences in the world,
weather is more predictable than just about
anything else.

What this says on a spiritual level is that we can
never really know what direction life will take,
what changes those small butterfly-flutters of
intention and action might cause in our destiny.

At the same time, it also tells us that we can never
really truly know the mind of God. We can never
fully understand the how, where, and when of anything,
even something as simple as boiling water. We have
to surrender to uncertainty, while appreciating its
intricate beauty.

:: Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire,
by Deepak Chopra

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