Emotions, Student Stories

Varying Variability

“It’s been said that something as small as a flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon half way around the world”-       Chaos Theory

Variables are strange little phenomena that scurry about in our everyday lives, determining everything from lunchtime cravings to test grades. They are always working in unison like a pack of invisible mice, carpeting our subconscious with visuals of chicken wings and Pilates lessons we forgot to sign up for.

The interesting thing about variables is that they are interconnected in ways that leave the mind baffled. For example, if I told you the number of crimes committed in a neighborhood was directly proportional to the number of broken windows on display. Indeed, this  intriguing concept was coined as the “Broken Window Theory” way back in 1982, and more recently explored by the renowned author and researcher Malcolm Gladwell in his bestselling novel , “The Tipping Point” where he explains the presence of broken windows which is a trigger for thieves and criminals to embark on their dirty deeds, since the lack of concern about the degradation of the appearance of the neighborhood leads to a lack of general safety and security precautions taken by its inhabitants, telling thus fuelling the possibility of scot free crimes.

Moving into less fearful avenues, let’s delve deeper into the ‘concept of connections.’ The word connected basically means that one thing is emotionally, physiologically or psychologically related to another, by means that may be apparent or irate. Studies have shown that in a group of 1000 people, a whopping 80% relates back to you.

Then there’s the law of variability that states that a single cog in the wheel has the ability to set into motion matters of astronomical and vastly varying relevance.

Radhika Rathi | PGDM 2015-17

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