chaos : n. : complete disorder and confusion. physics behaviour so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in condition. the formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe. Chaos greek mythology, the first created being, from which came the primeval dieties Gaia, Tartarus, Erebus, and Nyx. French and Latin from Greek khaos ‘vast chasm, void.’ Chinese, Hundun, 混沌 was semantically extended from a mythic “primordial chaos; nebulous state of the universe before heaven and earth separated” to mean “unintelligible; chaotic; messy; mentally dense; innocent as a child”.
normally I only provide one definition for a word at the start of a post, but in this case I am bending my own personal rule and pattern, perhaps in homage to the subject. chaos is a bit of a dense concept for most people to wrap their heads around, so I’ve tossed a number of perspectives up there from common western thought, physics, the root of the word in greek mythology, and a fast wikipedia look into a chinese spin on chaos. feel free to post more definitions of chaos in the comments, particularly from any cultural or religious backgrounds you care to seek out in the oracle.
what is it to be an agent of chaos?
what IS chaos anyhow? western though seems to have a serious fear of chaos… it bothers the western mind, we quest endlessly for the answers to chaos. I suppose we are looking for a way to predict the future, to take the guesswork out of life, or just to go chasing after something we can never really catch. because there is one thing you’ll never do, and that is catch the gingerbread man. and boy is chaos gingery.
you’ll have to bare with me here, because there really isn’t a linear way to go through this. it is after all, chaos. for my linear thinking programmer friends, just treat this as a poem of sorts, and try to fill in the gaps with something. for my artist friends, you’ll need to deal with the occasional bit of logic here, sorry. maybe. maybe not. who knows. this is, after all, a first draft and crack at it, and I am trying to figure it out as I go.
all right, down to brass tacks, lots of people tend to associate chaos with bad things. car crashes, planes flying into world monuments, the flames consuming your house as it burns, random violence, bad tv shows that have 3′s in titles instead of E’s.
lots of other people tend to associate chaos with politics. you know, anarchists and all that. they seem to like seeing chaos as a way to do what ever the fuck they want, and it’s all good, because the world is ‘chaotic’ and ‘random’ anyhow, so who cares if I rob a bank and shoot your kids? right? yeah.
thanks to Jurassic Park we have a pile of people out there flapping butterfly wings hoping to cause hurricanes, or at least figure out where those hurricanes are going to happen so they can move cities out of the way.
you don’t see many people looking at chaos from a very eastern perspective here in the west. we look at chaos as something to contain, control, and mitigate as best we can, and hopefully predict, and in doing so, end chaos. but in the east, things are different. particularly if you start hanging out with some Taoist or Shinto monks and thinkers. in the east chaos isn’t really chaos as we think of it here in the west… no, it is more… like…
silence, not a sound
you can hear for miles, no wind
echoing white noise.
sort of like that. maybe, or maybe more like water flowing around rocks. no, no, wait, that’s orderly. that makes sense. what is chaos to a bunch of hip cats out in the east is us running around doublethinking our way to controlling and predicting all the elements in the universe so we can always get our way. there we go, that’s chaos to them. living out of tune with ‘The Way’.
so what does it mean to be an agent of chaos? what is an agent of chaos anyhow? does it just mean running around with a chaotic neutral alignment? does being an agent of chaos mean going crazy? does being an agent of chaos mean being emo?
I certainly hope it doesn’t mean having to carry around a bag of DnD dice to make my decisions… though, I’ve done that… honest… in a purple velvet bag with gold braid that is embroidered with ‘crown royal’…man, just wait until bitrot kills most of these links.
to me an agent of chaos isn’t really any of those things. to me an agent of chaos is an agent of change. a person who seeks the pattern in the natural order of the universe, and attempts to bring those around them into line with that pattern. it is about bringing change, much needed change, and not the random sort of anarchy that just leads people further and further away from what chaos really is.
chaos isn’t scary chummers, chaos is just a friend you haven’t met.
and I’ve decided it is my job to get a little chaotic, and introduce a few more people in this world to what it means to be chaotic, and what chaos is really all about. change. to acquaint people with a more balanced view of chaos, a more eastern view, a more innocent view. don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit…