cause and effect

Newton’s Third Law states that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This may be easy to see for simple situations where I apply force on this keyboard and it gets depressed, resulting in the letters appearing on this screen. But in more complex things – what is the exact cause of any particular situation – for example a headache?

Medical analysis shows that this is caused due to lack of this or excess of that, but really that’s merely a superficial approach, though its viewed by majority of the population as sufficient. Holistic naturopathy medicinal approaches go well beyond these superficial ‘treating the symptom instead of the cause’ concept. While the alternative medicinal systems go beyond what is already ‘known’ in the allopathic system, they’re still not the end in themselves. If one simply keep the minds open to the very candid and down-to-earth space that “I don’t know”, that is a key to go like Alice in Wonderland further down the rabbit-hole.

What about bigger things like natural disasters? Calamities like earthquakes or floods? There sometimes are religious leaders who take the opportunity to highlight the idea that its nature or God trying to teach humans to live a less corrupt life! Dramatic oratory effect… though merely opportunistic manipulation even if its for a good cause 🙂

The exact cause for any effect is extremely counter-productive to even assume, and who knows – the irony may be that the very effort of trying to infer, in itself, produces unexpected effects! 😉

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

(Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams)

Douglas Adams though a master of satire actually had a sound in-depth knowledge of physics, particularly chaos theory. He’s expressed this in several if not every one of his books:

“No private detective looks like a private detective. That’s one of the first rules of private detection.”
“But if no private detective looks like a private detective, how does a private detective know what it is he’s supposed not to look like? Seems to me there’s a problem there.”
“Yes, but it’s not one that keeps me awake at nights,” said Dirk in exasperation. “Anyway, I am not as other private detectives. My methods are holistic and, in a very proper sense of the word, chaotic. I operate by investigating the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.
Sally Mills merely blinked at him.
Every particle in the universe,” continued Dirk, warming to his subject and beginning to stare a bit, “affects every other particle, however faintly or obliquely. Everything interconnects with everything. The beating of a butterfly’s wings in China can affect the course of an Atlantic hurricane.

(~ Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul)

But there’s no doubt that though it appears chaotic and beyond our comprehension, the law is undoubtedly true that whether we know it or not, like it or not, agree or not, we’re continuosly generating our own future at every moment – including this moment right now 🙂

See also: Beauty in Chaos in Blr traffic

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