"Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity."
~ Wendell Berry
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
New blog name - "The Butterfly Effect"
I've long wanted a different title for my blog than my name, though I thought that might be more easily searchable for friends and family. I first learned about the concept of the butterfly effect from Madeleine L'engle (shocking, I know) who used it in a story to illustrate the idea that one small action, such as the flutter of a butterfly's wings, may seem meaningless at the time, but could affect the world. I've blogged before about the symbolism of the butterfly and metamorphosis. More and more I see the interrelatedness of life and think this best explains how important it is that we choose positive responses, even in the smallest moments of life.
In A Stone for a Pillow, L'engle writes:
"In a recent article on astrophysics I came across the beautiful and imaginative concept known as 'the butterfly effect.' If a butterfly winging over the fields around Crosswicks should be hurt, the effect would be felt in galaxies thousands of light years away. The interrelationship of all Creation is sensitive in a way we are just beginning to understand. If a butterfly is hurt, we are hurt. If the bell tolls, it tolls for us."
Car-free in L.A., I write about what I see and those I meet.
Fears: Clowns, unreasonably small dogs, unexpected mariachi music.
Motto: Regardless of Snavely family tradition, I will not be buried with my pets.
Email me: rebecca [dot] snavely [at] gmail.com