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Why chaos rules

“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”
-Albert Einstein

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star, said Friedrich Nietzsche; and I am certain he did not mean the kind of dancing stars we see on television these days or the dancing stars of politics and politicians. What he meant was that, in life, the real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong, stupid, and foolish. That is the reason why, the only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about.


In the universe, all things it holds and for everything in it, constant motion and constant change, is the norm. Nothing remains static or the same even for a moment. That also is the reason why no man can ever step in the same river twice; it is not the same river, and he is not the same man. Change is constant and therefore, there are only patterns: patterns on top of patterns; patterns that affect other patterns; patterns hidden by patterns; patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself, and that repetition has a pattern.

What we call chaos is just patterns we have failed to recognise. What we call random is just patterns we cannot decipher; and what we cannot understand we call nonsense. What we cannot read, we call gibberish. Thus, in the life of many, even if chaos is the rule, chaos while closing one door, will open another. However, we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which opened for us.

Chaos also rules, when we try to be everything to everyone, instead of being something to someone. All the most powerful emotions come from chaos: fear, anger, love, and especially love. Love is chaos itself. Think about it. Love makes no sense. It shakes you up and spins you around; and then, eventually, it falls apart. Yes, it is a cruel and random world, but the chaos is what makes it all so beautiful. Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting. Chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one’s universe.


There are two tragedies in life said George Bernard Shaw in Man and Superman. One is to lose your heart’s desire; and the other is to gain it; and as I see it, both lead to chaos in life. A good example of this would be the recent presidential elections in this country held a few months ago. Many millions of our citizens lost their heart’s desire, while many more millions gained it.

The tragedy of it, to both the losers and gainers, is that chaos is the result; for chaos is what rules now. This is because chaos is what we have lost touch with and, as a result, forgotten that it exists in many forms. This is also the reason why it is, given a bad name; and is, feared by the dominant archetype of our world. That archetype is the Ego, which clenches because its existence is, defined in terms of control.

Thus, the current chaos is the struggle of egos for control, for power, for the right to plunder and rob. The result of this struggle is that, scum of our society who are thus involved and who call themselves as politicians, hold an entire nation to ransom through their lies, resulting in chaos. Unlike the men who create beauty out of chaos - painters, music composers, writers - who make rich the beauty of life; and ordinary people who toil in the sun and rain to make their life beautiful and meaningful; these ought to be discards of society deserve to be eliminated and not embraced.

They, if anything, are blind to the fact that the control and approval that they seek to cheat the people is purely illusory. That every moment of their life, teeter on oblivion. They create chaos because it is easy to plunder when conditions are chaotic. These people have the unique ability to listen to one story and tell another. Thus, their lack of clarity and careless attitude towards the public is the reason for chaos and frustration for the people. I call the present crop of those who aspire to the legislature, the legitimately corrupt, who cannot admit that legitimacy allows them to corrupt legitimacy; and who legitimately tolerate corruption. When everyone wants to be a leader, it makes one a follower to want to be a leader, without knowing what to follow. In our erstwhile parliament, there is no exception to this truth, for they all are crooked in varying degrees.

The one simple truth therefore is that there is nothing simple in this complex universe. Everything relates. Everything connects. Thus, if chaos is the law of nature, order is the dream of men, ordinary men. Yet, in spite of his dream and countless honest men aspiring to make that dream come true; most countries of the world are in chaos: some self-imposed, others externally induced or introduced. Why is this so? After all, countries exist because people are willing to die for them. It is the unusual quality of nations, shared only by families and tribes, to command such loyalty.


The same cannot be said of other entities like villages or businesses or trade pacts or continents. It is just not likely that anyone would go out and die for UNESCO or the United Nations Development Programme. I believe that when a nation is in chaos, especially the nations that were granted independence in relatively recent past, it is because men in western governments, being comparatively illogical in thought, who granted independence, did not understand that freedom without chaos is not a magic formula that can be implanted anywhere. Rather, being illogical in thought, it was their view that, because human race had evolved to a certain level by some such year as 1940 or so, and more so because they were losing their grip on countries they ruled, democracy could be planted anywhere from the outside. They had carefully closed their eyes to the fact that freedom without chaos had come forth from a Christian base. They did not understand that freedom without chaos could not be, separated from its roots. Many countries where democracy had been, imposed from the outside or from top downward, authoritarianism had increasingly become the rule of the day. As a result, and as time moves on, the line between democracy and authoritarianism blur. It will no longer seem to be the simplicity of, good versus evil; but good versus fools, who think they are good but create chaos.


I wonder if being sane in the midst of chaos means disregarding the chaos that is life, pretending only an infinitesimal segment of it is reality. A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people do not appreciate themselves. Having never developed sympathy or gentleness toward the self, they cannot experience harmony or peace within themselves, and therefore, what they project to others is also inharmonious and confused.

If you remain calm in the midst of great chaos, it is the surest guarantee that it will eventually subside because every chaos has an order hidden in it. What we see as a chaos is actually, driven by a very disciplined and dedicated order of things. What we need to do is focus on the stuff before us, make our way through this chaos, and that order will sort itself out for us.

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