The great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote a story titled The Sound of Thunder (1952). The key feature of the story is that a minor disturbance in the past will have cumulative, profound effects in the future. If memory serves, a group of time travellers visit the past; one of them gets off the allowed path and steps on a butterfly. When the group returns to the present, they find that the present is no longer what it was when they had left. Ergo: a tiny change in the past has important consequences in the future.
Of course, if Whiteman with Bix had gone on a two-year world tour, Bix's life would have changed. We can speculate further that if Whiteman had gone ahead with his plans for a world tour, mabybe he would not have hired Bix and Tram and Bix's life would have been different anyway.
As Herman Hesse said in his great novel Demian,
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
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This message has been edited by ahaim on Mar 17, 2012 8:02 AM