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Butterflies Upon the Will of Power

I watched the movie, Shattered starring Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello, and Gerard Butler. The movie is based around the quote, “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel” found in the literary work of 1735, An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot written by Alexander Pope. The excerpt has been drawn on by many People throughout the years. And different meanings of the expression have been included in music such as that by The Mission whom recorded a track titled Butterfly on a Wheel. Basically the phrase means, “putting massive effort into achieving something minor or unimportant”.

I think the quote “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel” has a lot of significance to offer our World today and is a great thought for 2008. To often criminals break a butterfly upon a wheel leaving innocent victims to suffer the consequences of another’s irreparable actions. To many Soldiers are sent to fight a War that has largely lost its’ main purpose. Leaving our Men and Women to flap their wings in a territory that seemingly lacks the ability to act – let alone react – as civilized human beings who have been given the opportunity to rise above their once dictated brainwashed sadistic antics. Meanwhile; our own Country continues to lack massive and important measures to securely prevent any future potential terrorism violence nationally. Global Warming is given verbal band aides of decorated hope while sufficient funds are disbursed into other wheels of less importance.

Environmentally speaking, the butterfly effect is a phrase that “refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or for that matter, prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena.” Let us no longer wonder, “had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different." Perhaps instead; it is time that we take back the wheel and steer our own wings, promoting positive change throughout the World toward Peace. For even the smallest of efforts can make a difference collectively. Be this by beginning such in our own home, community, political stance, etc. Hence, let they “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel”, know not their abuse of power but the willpower of Humankind.

8 Comments With Humanity:

franscud said...

Excellent post as always, Michelle. Happy '08 to you!

ndpthepoetress - Jeane Michelle Culp said...

Thank You Francis (franscud) and a 2008 Happy 2 u :)

Ellen said...

Wow.. this certainly is a beautiful post, thank you!

I don't think I see the same on every account, but strongly agree with you that we need to focus on promoting positive change, on in Ghandi's words 'being the change we wish to see in the world'. Because together we can make a difference! Towards Peace, towards creating an admosphere where those small acts of kindness are 'normal' routine, towards Humanity..

Thank you for this inspiring post!
Best wishes to you for a wonderful, peaceful New Year,

Ellen

ndpthepoetress - Jeane Michelle Culp said...

Hello Ellen of Positive Communication! Thank You for your comment and honesty. For though we may not always agree on ‘every account’, we can indeed come together on the general message that you so well expressed in the words of Ghandi and with your very own eloquently put wording. Here’s to a kinder more Peaceful Humanity with continued appreciated efforts from People such as yourself ! I’m looking forward to reading and learning more from Positive Communication, a blog that is “a Tribute to the Positive News. To Positive Action, People and Possibilities that Make a Difference. To social campaigns that use Positive Communication, focusing on what people cán do.”

Thank You again Ellen :)

Ellen said...

Hi Michelle,

thank you for your kind words! I definitely enjoyed your blog, and look forward to reading more too!

Rereading my post I noticed 'on every account' might not have been the right wording here, I have some difficulties finding the right phrases sometimes.. I hope you'll excuse me..

In my previous reaction, I forgot to tell you how much I love the picture you used.. Next to perfectly fitting your post of course, the peace sign represented by butterflies is really beautiful.. peaceful in more than one way.. thank you for sharing that!

Peace to you,

Ellen
p.s. thank you so much for adding me to your blogroll!

ndpthepoetress - Jeane Michelle Culp said...

Morning Ellen! You may not realize it yet, but you truly do have a wonderful way with words. In re to the butterfly pix, I wish People would sign their names on such wonderful works, so many of us can credit them. For I also adore the picture! You are a quick study to note your name and blog site listed on my BlogRolls! If you hold the mouse over your links there should also be a description. Hope it works in all browsers. Nice to here from you again Ellen. Have a nice Peaceful happy go-lucky day :)

Ellen said...

Morning Jeane Michelle!
Just wanted to let you know I've used part of your post in a post of my own... I truly think it is inspirational, and wanted to share it with my own readers!
Please let me know if you would like to see it changed, or any link added or something!

With respect to your blogroll, I couldn't (or better yet, can't) help noticing it every time I visit your site. I've never seen one like that before (with the 'new post' indicated), but also I really appreciate the way you 'honor' your readers/favorite blogs.. So yes, I was amazed to see my own blog there ;-))!

A peaceful and happy weekend to you,

Ellen

ndpthepoetress - Jeane Michelle Culp said...

How sweet and thoughtful of you Ellen. I wouldn’t change a thing in your wonderful post World Peace: Making the Impossible Possible?. Ellen the totality of your words on your blog site are truly a gift in helping pave the World toward Peace. Today I especially needed to be reminded of this, for the lack of Peace took the life of a Friend, but Justice has made it possible to begin healing toward Peace once again; so perhaps the Impossible is Possible. Thank You again Ellen.

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