Small today, but Devastating Tomorrow
I am writing this post because of what might be a small act today, but could lead to terrible effects today. A lady on a social platform wrote very incoherent comments on my post that I wrote recently. I refrained from responding, but few serious readers responded critically in a very polite manner. The lady started to respond with even less coherent comments. Apparently when we do small acts we don’t think of their long-term effect. I am trying in this post to explain the butterfly effects of small behaviors that could change the course of our lives dramatically.
Let me first visualize the common quote”
For the loss of a nail the shoe was lost.
For loss of a shoe the horse was lost.
For loss of a horse the soldier was lost
For the loss of a soldier the battle was lost.
For the loss of a battle the country was lost.
The loss of a nail grew exponentially to cause the loss of the country. The accelerated rate of the power of the feedback effect in that one loss leads to a much higher subsequent loss. I visualize this in the image below.
The loss of adequate human behavior is the nail that starts small, but may grow up exponentially leading to terrible results.
In a real story, the director of a firm while on his way to work read on his mobile a tweet from a young man criticizing his firm for some ill-doings. The general director of the firm could have ignored the tweet, but he opted to send the young man to court. The young man was called to the court. He was terrified as he realized he had a problem with a huge firm. How he could face the firm alone. He decided to make appeals over the internet and sending e-mails to all accessible e-mails. Patriotism kindled and many voices pooled to save the young lad from the dinosaur firm. Banked opened accounts from donators, lawyers offered their services free, medical doctors offered to treat the terrified young man for free to restore his stressed body and pharmacies donated drugs for free.
This is a linear story on paper, but the nail of a tweet resulted in the closure of the firm and in compensating the young man with huge amounts of money. So, I opted to show it visually on a graph to show the growing effect of a small act.
We may decide to write small comments that reflect improper behavior, or refrain from such acts. But we should also be aware for fear they may grow and cost us heavily. Social media has made this possible at low costs.
It is upon us to decide how we behave. We need to remember that small acts, whether good or bad, may mushroom in far greater ones.
I dedicate this post to the integrated and elevated man Ned McDonnell III, CFA PMP
1 year ago · 5 min. reading time
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