The Butterfly Theory

From a worm-like creature the caterpillar transforms into an exquisite butterfly.

This process, in which the former transforms into the latter and becomes an entirely new creature, as a result, has long fascinated me.

I truly believe that the life of a human being also consists of distinct moments of change/transformation but to go through the metamorphosis is entirely up to us.

According to Bernd Heinrich, Ph.D. professor of emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont on butterflies:

“[T]he radical change that occurs, does indeed arguably involve death followed by reincarnation.”

“[T]he adult forms of these insects are actually new organisms.”

“new organisms”, he says, how utterly fascinating.

When examining the DNA and genes of butterflies this phenomenon can be better examined. Let’s take the set of genes that sit in a butterfly’s DNA dictated by the following chemical letters: A,C,T,G.

Throughout their lifetime, this sequence radically changes as shown in the diagram below (Diagram obtained from NPR.com):

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Although DNA or gene changes would be out of the question for human species, one could think about expanding the mind through knowledge/experience as a way to re-code our lives. As such, it becomes evident that to change and become a butterfly we have to keep learning, growing and making ourselves extremely uncomfortable (at times) for the metamorphosis to take place.

I hope this theory resonates with you as much as it has for me.

 

Xx. ParParV

 

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    SOUNDS GOOD..AND I HAVE AN M.S.E.. IN BIOLOGY—BUT AN OLD ONE *1983) GOOD SHOW WITH YOUR CONSIDERED THOUGHT!

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    1. parparvan says:

      Wow is that right? That’s amazing!! 🙂

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      1. And now I’m working as a security guard—tried everything else–go figure. I do tutor and write poetry when I can on nearly all subjects, as you are aware of!

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      2. parparvan says:

        I love that you continue to write

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      3. parparvan says:

        Keep up the good work !!!

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  2. zdunno03 says:

    Be open to change. Be the butterfly.

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  3. Christine says:

    So much yes!!!! This is exactly what I went through today, which I’m happy to share with you soon when we meet! xoxo

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    1. parparvan says:

      Thank you so much! Can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

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  4. alexraphael says:

    As long as I’ve known you, you’ve always been a butterfly.

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  5. Keith says:

    Your next to last sentence speaks volumes. People can change if they experience new things and get out of their comfort zone. I think Kismet is merely seeing opportunity and then seizing it. If we let those chances pass by, we won’t find that path forward. To your point, we have to be open to it.

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    1. parparvan says:

      Keith, spot on! Thank you for the comment.

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