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你将不可避免地改变一切

How You Will Inevitably Change Everything

With a declining tendency towards religious faith and
随着宗教信仰的逐渐下降
a depleting trust and sense of individual significance
对于个体意义以及
and systems of community, meaning,
社区 文化 价值 经济
culture, economy and state
和国家体系的信任度逐渐丧失
facilitated in large part
并且在很大程度上
by the increasing proximity to vast amount of information,
越来越大量的信息充斥在我们周围
many of us see ourselves as inconsequential specks,
我们中的许多人认为自己是无关紧要的微粒
destined to pass from dusts to ashes
命中注定要尘归尘 土归土
with nothing to show for it.
没什么好炫耀的
In some sense, this may be true.
某种程度上说 或许是这样的
However, there is one unique source
但是 我们都拥有一个独特的
of profound, scientific, basic significance that we all possess,
深刻的 科学的 基础的意义
no matter who we are and what we do.
不管我们是谁 无论我们做什么
Without the requirement of any grand delusions or achievement or faith in anything beyond, or faith in anything beyond,
与妄想 成就或信仰无关
Everyone, you, I, everyone we know
每一个人 你 我 我们身边的每个人
and everyone everyone knows, is born with this,
世界知名人士 都有与生俱来的意义
woven into the very fabric of our relationship with reality.
这种意义被编织在我们与现实生活的关系中
We wear it in any moment, and it cannot be taken off.
我们无时无刻都带着这种意义 无法摆脱
Not even by ourselves.
甚至我们自己想摆脱也不行
It is the fact that each of us
事实上 我们每一个人
will change the course of everything forever.
都将永久的改变这一切
Let’s consider for a moment that time travel were possible,
试想一下 如果时光旅行成为可能
and you went back in time, some significant number of years.
你在时光机中回到许多年以前
If, while you were there,
假如 你在过去的那个时刻
you affected something, changed something,
影响了一些事 改变了一些事
influenced something to go differently,
左右了一些事往不同的方向发展
stopped or started something that would have otherwise
终止或开始了一些 原本不会结束
happened or not, and so on.
或不会开始的事情 诸如此类
Even with just seemingly tiny insignificant alterations,
即使是非常微不足道的改变
it would be highly likely that you would dramatically
你也很可能会让事情在历史的舞台上
change the course of events throughout history thereafter.
发生戏剧性的改变
The proceeding future would become potentially, a completely different one,
未来的进程很有可能会变成完全不同的样子
or at the very least, a notably different one.
至少是变成一个明显不同的样子
Most of us accept and understand this.
我们中的大部分人能够接受或理解这个
It is the concern, fear or premise of
把时光旅行作为一种情节
a vast majority of films, books, shows and so on,
是绝大多数电影 书籍和节目的
that include time travel as a plot device.
关注 担心或前提
We recognize that affecting a small thing in the past,
我们明白 过去的一点微小改变
can dramatically change the present,
可能会戏剧性地改变现状
but yet we rarely think about how affecting a small thing in the present
但我们很少想到 现在的一些微小改变
can dramatically change the future.
会如何戏剧性地影响未来
Right now, without time travel as an option,
此刻 虽然没有时光穿梭机的存在
reality still works the same way.
但现实仍然是这样发展的
In every present moment, your actions,
在此时此刻 你自己的行为
interactions, influences,
和别人的互动 影响力
stopping and starting of things and so on,
终止或开始某些事情 诸如此类
in some likely sense, change the course of the future.
都很有可能在某种程度上改变未来
Not every little thing we do
当然并不是我们做的每件小事
always has a major impact on the course of events.
都会在事件的发展上产生巨大的影响
But many likely do,
但很多事情可能会产生影响
and we do many things, both big and small, all the time.
而且我们一直以来 或大或小 总是在做点什么的
This process of how seemingly tiny, insignificant changes
这种因为一个不起眼的小事
can lead to huge consequences
引起了显著的连锁反应的过程
is explained by what is known as the butterly effect,
用一种被称为“蝴蝶效应”的理论来解释
part of the branch of science and mathematics
隶属于科学和数学理论的分支
known as chaos theory.
被叫做“混沌理论”
Chaos theory deals with systems known as chaotic systems
混沌理论主要研究的是混沌系统
that react with high sensitivity to tiny changes in initial conditions
混沌系统是指对于初始条件的微小变化产生高敏感度的反应
and through chaos, compound
通过不断的混乱 复合
and lead to the generation of completely different, unpredictable outcomes
最终导致完全不同且不可预测的结果产生
and later states of the systems.
继而形成系统的后期状态
Chaos is sort of a misleading term
混沌是某种误导性的表述
because this process is not truly chaotic in a random sense.
因为整个过程并不是完全随机的混乱状态
Chaotic systems function according to the laws of motion, physics
混沌系统的运作依据动力学 物理学
But because of their immeasurably complex factors
但由于系统中不可衡量的 复杂的因素
and high sensibility to minute variability in the initial conditions,
以及对于初始状态下微小变化的高度敏感性
they are just nearly impossible to predict and appear chaotic.
他们就变得几乎不可预测 看上去乱七八糟
Examples of chaotic systems include
混沌系统的例子包括
the weather, aspects of the brain, population dynamics, ocean turbulence,
天气 大脑的各个方面 种群动态 海洋湍流
traffic flow, aspects of the economy and so on.
交通流量 经济环境的方方面面等等
And of course, reality as a whole is a chaotic system.
当然 现实世界整体本身就是一个混沌系统
It is the total sum chaos of all the chaotic systems combined,
现实世界是所有混沌系统的综合
the most chaotic system a system can be.
是最混乱的一个系统
And of course, we are in this,
当然 我们身处其中
part and parcel of it.
是它的一部分
As a simplified example, consider a scenario in which
举一个简化的例子 试想这样一个场景
a person is living with a roomate.
一个人和室友同住
At around noon, this person becomes hungry and decides to have a meal.
中午 这个人饿了 想要吃饭
From the options available at their apartment,
根据公寓中的现有储备
this person decides to make a tomato salad
这个人决定做个番茄沙拉
and they use the last communal tomatoes in their apartment.
他用了公寓中最后一个公用番茄
Later that night, their roommate plans to
晚上的时候 他的室友
have someone whom they are dating over for dinner
打算请刚才约会的人来吃饭
and intends to make a pasta dish with homemade tomato sauce.
并且想做一道搭配自制番茄酱的意大利面
Before their date arrives, they realize they are now out of tomatoes,
当客人到达时 他们发现番茄已经用完了
and go to the grocery store to get more.
所以要去杂货店买一些
When going to check out by mere seconds,
等到要结账的时候
they get in line in front of another person.
他们排在另一个人前面
While checking out, the cashier mistakingly puts in the wrong code for the tomatoes
结账的时候 收银员把番茄的代码输错了
and must clear out and reinput the code,
必须清除并重新输入
the transaction totaling about three minutes.
这个过程大概花了三分钟
While on the drive home,
开车回家的时候
the person who was behind them in line
收银时排在他们后面的人
now delayed by three minutes,
现在被耽误了三分钟
just barely happens by a car accident that had occurred only a short moment earlier.
恰好偶遇一起刚刚发生的车祸
This person who was in line
这个结账时排在后面的人
happens to be an off-duty EMT,
恰好是个当时没有当值的紧急医疗救护员
and after noticing one of the car accident victims on the ground unconscious,
注意到车祸的受害者躺在路边 失去意识
they pull over, get out, and provide the victims CPR,
他靠边停车 下车 为受害者进行心肺复苏术
ultimately saving their life.
最终救了受害人的命
This now rescued car accident victim just recently having gotten married
这个被救了的车祸受害人近期刚刚结婚
goes on to live a normal life and have two children with their wife.
继续过着正常的生活 和妻子生了两个孩子
Eventually, one of the two children goes on to
最终 两个孩子中的一个
become highly successful in the medical field
在药学领域获得了巨大成功
and creates the formulation for a life-saving medication
发明了一种救命药物的配方
As a result, thousands if not millions of lives are saved by this medication
结果 成千上万的生命因此得救
allowing more lives and families to continue and be born.
更多的生命和家庭得以延续和诞生
Further advance was then continue on to and through
然后通过这些新的个体
these new indivisuals affecting more advance
继续取得进一步发展 带来更多的进步
and leading to more people and things, building and compounding over time,
并且随着时间的推移 引导更多的人和事
interacting with other chains of cause and effect along the way,
与沿途的和其他因果链条交互作用
all still interlinked with that original tomato salad.
但所有的一切仍然和最初的番茄沙拉相关联
Of course, all of the events
当然 所有这些事件
even just the initial delay of the EMT
甚至只是最初紧急医疗救护人员时间上的延迟
required many many other places
需要其他许多方面的配合
where slight changes occurred according to other causes.
彼处亦为杂所而变化
But ultimately, based on the butterfly effect,
但是最终 基于蝴蝶效应
the effects of that one roomate deciding to eat a tomato salad
一个室友吃番茄沙拉的这个决定的影响
would at least in some varying degree of causality
将至少是在某种程度上
continue on until the end of humanity, perhaps the world,
持续到人类灭绝 或是世界末日
and perhaps beyond.
亦或具有超脱现世的意义
It is not uncommon to hear that one wants to change the world.
听到一个人想要改变世界是很常见的
It is the tagline to so many people’s dreams and aspirations.
这是许多人关于梦想和追求的口号
It’s a noble and virtuous enough ambition.
这是足够高尚的野心
Arguably, we should want to focus our efforts
可以说 我们应该集中精力
on intentionally doing as much good in the world as we can,
有意识的在世界上做尽可能多的好事
trying to change it for the better.
试图让世界变得更好
Because perhaps the more people who try,
因为可能越多的人做好事
the odds increase that it might.
世界变好的几率会更高
But ultimately if one small action,
但最重要的是 如果一个微小的行为
like eating the last tomatoes can potentially change
比如吃掉最后一个番茄 也可能潜在的
the entire course of events in the future,
改变事件在未来的整个进程
what makes us think we could ever truly
是什么让我们认为
know the impact of our other actions.
我们能够预知其他行为的真正影响
On the time scale of history,
在历史长河中
good, bad, and neutral events
好的 坏的 中立的事件
can never be fully known or identified.
永远不可能被完全了解和识别
But what we can know is that our exisitence
但我们知道的是 我们的存在
although a seemingly insignificant fluke in a blip of time
尽管在短暂的时间中 看上去并不起眼
through the butterfly effect,
但是通过蝴蝶效应
will flap out and leave its trailing legacy
也将扇动翅膀 产生后续反应
with potentially increasing dramatic effect
并可能对历史的其他部分甚至更深远的地方
for possibly the rest of history and perhaps beyond.
产生更显著的戏剧化的影响
Chaos theory takes away the long-term predictability of our actions,
混沌理论剥夺了对于行为的长期可预测性
but gives us back a perpetual road
但同时给了我们一条永恒的道路
and the reality’s operation.
和现实的运作方式
Your legacy, albeit indirect and anonymous will continue.
尽管不直接也不明显 你的痕迹也会持续演变
It is a flame whose fuse is anything in existence.
这是一种火焰 而它的导火索可能是任何存在的东西
This contemplation isn’t a resolution
这种思考并不是一个解决方案
or a placement to having a tangible, direct sense of purpose
也不是一种能够通过
through the day-to-day responsibilities of a job,
工作 事业 激情 家庭 友谊等日常责任获得的
a career, a passion, a family, a friendship and so on.
直接且明确的安排
But it is to potentially serve as a supplement
但是当某些时刻
for when in those moments when some of the weight
某些事物看上去突然失重的时刻
seems to suddenly drop out of these things
这种思考可以作为一种补充
and they feel illusory, futile or temporary
当我们感到虚幻 徒劳 短暂
and we question if anything we do ultimately matters beyond us
当我们质疑我们做的事情最终是否有超越自身的意义
if we mean anything to anything else.
我们是否对事情有些什么意义
In these moments, we can remember,
在这些时刻 我们要记住
that at least in some sense,
至少在某
we do so much more than we would probably even like.
种程度上 我们做的远远超过了我们的想象
In the final analysis, either no one matters at all,
归根结底 要么每个人都不重要
or everyone matters completely.
要么每个人都很重要
There is really no in between.
真的没有中间状态
No matter who you are, because of you,
不管你是谁 因为你
the course of reality’s future
现实的未来道路
will play out in a unique way.
才会按照这么独特的方式发展
We are not only each the agents of our own story,
我们不只是自己故事的代言人
but we are also the agents of the story of humanity,
也是整个人类
this earth, and perhaps beyond,
这个地球 或是更深远的故事的代言人
collaborating on the unique expression of art
用一种比较文艺的表达方式
that is the future.
这就是未来
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