Be the change

June 25, 2015

Chaos theory is a mathematical field of study that explores the behaviour of highly sensitive systems to different conditions. It is best recognised by the response the conditions create which is called the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect is most easily explained by the famous metaphor, if a butterfly were to flap its wings in Brazil, would it set off a tornado in Texas? Put simply the butterfly effect is a metaphor for change.

If an action as small as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can create a tornado, then we as people must be capable of huge changes.  Have you ever wondered what it takes to create change? Change can be large or it can be as small as the man at the MCG who stands up and begins the Mexican wave. By doing this small act and changing status quo, what effects come of it?

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We are all agents of change. On the 1st of December in 1955, an African-American woman by the name of Rosa Parks, a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), was asked to give her bus seat up to a Caucasian man by a bus driver named James F. Blake. Ms. Parks refused and was arrested. Her simple act went on to become one of the greatest symbolic moments of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

June 5 1989 an unknown man walked out onto Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and stood in front of a parade of advancing tanks. The first tank attempted to drive around the man who moved to block their path. The footage was seen across the world, and one man’s simple act of passive resistance helped draw world-wide attention to the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the Chinese government.

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At the end of the round four AFL clash between St. Kilda and Collingwood in 1993, Neil Elvis “Nicky” Winmar lifted his St. Kilda jersey and pointed to his skin. The act was in response to racial slurs directed at Winmar by Collingwood supporters due to his Indigenous heritage.  The defiant and powerful act has been credited as one of the major actions leading to the creation of the anti-vilification code in Australian Rules football.

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This year on 1 August entries open for Sing for Good. By getting together in a group of two or more you can help bring an end to social isolation and connect every postcode in Australia through once voice. All you need to do is gather a group, sing a song and enter your video. Your voice, like the butterfly’s wings or the man leading the Mexican wave, could be the catalyst for change that brings happiness to the lives of many people less fortunate.

Big change can come from the tiniest of actions. Think about it, if we all start singing together how far can our voices travel?

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