A Depressed Girl and the Butterfly Effect!
I met Rajani (not real name) during a wedding ceremony. She said she was a regular reader of my website. We talked for some time.
She is doing her post-research (after her PhD). Her husband is a highly placed medical doctor. He is having an affair with another woman (his fellow-worker). He drinks heavily. And whenever possible he harasses Rajani talking about her past love affair. She is not getting support from her parents too. Her male-chauvinistic brother had cheated on her for acquiring the family property.
“I would want to go for a job to avoid the mental torture that I am going through. But that would be an end to my research. So many years of hard work would go waste. Udayji, I am in a confused state of mind…”
The helplessness, no-hope situation, stress, frustration, etc have really put her down. She is on some medication for depression. She has insomnia and some physical ailments like body pain too. “I am feeling very lonely. My life is wasted and worthless. Sometimes I get thoughts about committing suicide. I am really scared about such thoughts too.” She appeared timid and tense.
“Do you know about the butterfly effect?” I asked her.
“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. A butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world might eventually cause a hurricane in another part of the world. E.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon jungle might create a Tsunami in Indonesia”
“Yeah, the concept that states that ‘small causes can have larger effects’. The Cosmos is so delicate that even a minute change would upset its balance… Okay, tell me, how many cells are there in a human body?”
Rajani‘s eyes suddenly lighten up. It was her subject of study. She said: “At maturity, the estimated number of cells in the body is given as 37.2 trillion. Some calculations say that for an adult man weighing 70 kilograms has 70 trillion cells.”
(Excerpt from my book “MIND YOUR MIND: Turn Frustration into Fascination”
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