Butterfly Effect_Everything Affects Everything

Have you ever wanted to travel back to the past with those fascinating time machines? Time travel can be entertaining and exciting. However, having the ability to travel through time might not always be pleasant. Sometimes it may carry negative aspects of consequences leading to a disastrous change to the orders of time and events. This is what happens in “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury. In this short story, the author develops the idea of small actions and mistakes can lead to harmful consequences that you can never change back, like the Butterfly Effect.

Travis and the officials who are more experienced with time travel reminds Eckels, the protagonist,  repetitively what the terrifying results of staying off the track would bring. When Eckels first time traveled back to the jungle of the past where dinosaurs exist, Mr. Travis alerts him not to shoot any animal or disobey rules at any times because they “don’t want to change the future. [They] don’t belong in the past” (Bradbury 225). Travis also tells Eckels how small action matters a lot by giving an example of killing a mouse. He says, “By stepping on one single mouse…you destroy a race, a people, and an entire future nation” (Bradbury 226). Eckels is new to traveling through a time machine, so he isn’t aware what consequences of modifying the past will bring. As messing around in time can make a big roar or a little swirl in history, Mr. Travis and the officials didn’t want anyone to ruin the past. Therefore, Travis keeps emphasizing the point by giving wise advice from his previous experiences to Eckels again and again. The author foreshadows the theme and the danger ahead in Travis’s words. This theme can also be seen towards the resolution of the story when Eckels learns a life lesson that even small actions are important from his own mistakes he encounters. Eckels misbehaving and not listening to their warnings caused him to kill a butterfly, which led the future to change intensely. When Eckels realizes a dead butterfly under his boots, he cries, “Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!… Can’t we take it back, can’t we make it alive again? Can’t we start over? Can’t we-”(Bradbury 236). Such a scene not only depicts how crucial obeying laws are but also portrays how easily small movements can knock out everything following behind. Bradbury weaves the theme of small actions can lead to negative consequences throughout the book. The protagonist’s action of refusal, disobeying rules and Travis’s constant warning builds up to the theme of this story. Even though Eckels turns out to be killed at the end, I hope he had learned a solid lesson that will always remain in his heart.

You’ve probably heard that a butterfly’s flap of its wings in Brazil can set a tornado off in Texas. The butterfly effect is a metaphor that means a minor change, such as flapping of wings, can create a phenomenal change like the theme from “A Sound of Thunder”. Today, one of the common examples of a butterfly effect is the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’. This campaign was started in 2014 by a group of people with a unique, minor act of dunking water over people’s head and nominating friends and families to do the same in order to solicit donations and spread awareness. Miraculously, today, the challenge is done everywhere around the world. Similar to this short story where Eckels’s actions brought an unfavorable change in language and election of the president, according to TheGuardian, the campaign was able to make a huge impact. They were able to raise more than 100million dollars in 30 days and was fully able to fund a couple of research projects.

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4 Steps to Be a Humanist

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The Pain of Flesh is Nothing

Would you ever feed your flesh to your family? In other words, would you risk your lives and sacrifice yourself for others? This is what happens in Amy Tan’s “The Scar” from The Joy Luck Club. While many consider Nuyer a traitor, she is, in fact, a considerate character, like myself, who does not hesitate to sacrifice herself for the well- being of others.

Nuyer, the protagonist’s mother, is considered a traitor by her family members. The fact that An- Mei’s mom had already married a man who had a wife, two concubines and other bad children made the family dislike and turn back on her. Popo would always remind An-Mei, Nuyer’s daughter to “never say her name” (Tan 1). The day when Nuyer appeared again everyone seemed to be avoiding meeting her: “My Auntie quickly looked away and did not call her by name or offer her tea. An old servant hurried away with a displeased look” (3). Nuyer had left a bad impression of herself on Popo, auntie, old servant, and others. Such scenes not only portray the family’s sense of betrayal and hatred towards Nuyer but also demonstrates how she’s rejected by the rest of the family. However, towards the resolution of the story, Nuyer is seen as a self- sacrificing, and considerate person. According to the text, the author wrote, “Her long smooth fingers rubbing and searching under my chin, finding the spot that was my smooth neck scar…she began to cry…she cried with a wailing voice that was so sad” (3). Although it may seem like Nuyer was more off on her own life, she was actually feeling guilty for leaving her daughter to suffer in extreme pain from the boiling soup. In the end, she even “cut a piece of meat from her arm…took her flesh and put it in the soup” (5). This depicts Nuyer’s will and urgency to save her mother in any possible way, including the act of sacrificing her own self. We can understand how much she loves and cares for her family, even to the extent where the pain of cutting off a flesh does not matter to her. Nuyer’s sacrifice and apologetic actions make us see the other selfless side of her. Therefore, while she is perceived as a selfish, reckless individual at the beginning, she is eventually described to be a caring daughter and a mother.

Nuyer and I are similar-Just like Nuyer, I would sacrifice myself for my family. I always believe that my family comes first because it’s them who support me through the ups and downs of my life.  Even if I was to die protecting those I cherish, I’ll do it with a smile on my face. In this story, Nuyer gave up a part of her flesh even though everyone else disliked her, and I believe the power of love was what it made this possible. Likewise, I have sacrificed myself a couple of times in my life. For example, I once had to give up on going to a KPOP concert to look after my sister who was sick. The KPOP concert could have been my only chance to see celebrities and idols in real life, but I chose to do it anyways. Even if I had fought with my sister beforehand, I’m sure I would have still made the same decision as Nuyer.

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A Tug of My Heart Conflict-Found Poem

The found poem above was taken from page four of the short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell. This conflict shows an internal conflict of man versus self when the protagonist, the narrator had to make a decision between Sheila Mant, who he loves, and his passion, the large bass. In these passages, the narrator is shown as a dynamic character who isn’t true to himself and chooses love over his passion. However, towards the resolution of the story, the narrator realizes that his own passions are better than trying to impress others. The narrator regrets his choices as he loses both the girl and the bass because of this occasion. He closes his minds and states he “would never make the same mistake again” (Wetherell  4). Hopefully, the narrator learned something essential through this experience and would never sacrifice the things he holds just for love.

 

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Feed the Future: Reducing Food Waste

 

Was the invention of agriculture good or bad things for humans? I believe the invention of agriculture has both positive and negative side. For instance, due to the development of agriculture, the population exploded, and lots of tools and technology was also invented. However, unfortunately, research shows that by mid-century, our food sources would have to be increased by 60%. Plus, as a result, epidemics started to spread, and nowadays 98% of humans globally who lives in countries with higher income, are less aware of this issue.
For these reason, FA7 launched a project called “Feed the Future.” For our “Feed the Future” project, we were assigned to develop a meal or a sustainable system in groups. Being sustainable means something that you can maintain for a long time without making any harming or wasting anything. Our group, Kelly, Amily, Michael and I decided to address the problem of reducing food wastes in the cafeteria since we thought it was one of the most important points to consider. Therefore, we created a system of paying by weight in the salad bars, where you first pick your salads and weigh how heavy your meal is, then pay accordingly. We had to pitch our idea to Lindsay several times before our exhibition where we served our meal/ system and presented. From a video from Vox, one of the school got rid of all the trays, and almost half of the wastes were reduced. This inspired our group, and we were suggesting to do this also in our school, ISB. However, after the first pitch, we figured out that we won’t be able to get rid of them in our school’s MS/ HS cafeteria.
After all, our group’s project turned out to be a success, along with my science fiction story and gardening investigation during science.

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