“There seems to be a kind of order in the universe … in the movement of the stars and the turning of the Earth and the changing of the seasons.
But human life is almost pure chaos.
Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own right and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own.”
Katherine Anne Porter
What an interesting thought this quote offers.
This suggests that Life, if left alone, would be quiet, orderly and consistent.
That is something quite contrary to what I have written and what I believe most of us tend to think about.
I know I tend to think of Life as indifferent to us and , in fact, tends to care only about itself and its humorous existence by randomly pulling the strings of our Life on occasion just to make sure we are paying attention.
What if I have been thinking about it all wrong?
What if it is really just us crazy humans and not Life itself that creates the sometimes quirky zigs & zags in Life?
If it is us then … well … we all better get our shit together.
This would mean that not only do we need to stop thinking about how we adapt to the quirks of everyday life but that we need to become better fighters of better human behavior <and attitudes I would imagine>.
Because this means the enemy is us.
This would suggest that there is, and will always … always, be something good we will need to be fighting for.
This would also suggest that what we see as true individual autonomy, which we most often associate with a sense of freedom, is a false narrative.
It is false because our self-interest and autonomy is not unfettered by rules or obligations to others but rather constricted, or fettered, by other people.
I would imagine we could view this on maybe several levels … our own self interest, imposed self interest <rules and guidelines set up by some larger entity> and the other persons’ self interest.
We then see the world as an orderly place if, and only of, all those things are aligned and all have the same interest at the same time for some meaningful amount of time from which we can get some sense of orderliness.
This would also then suggest that any adversity is not Life imposed but self imposed <if not by you but by someone else>.
But there is another aspect. I need to go back to the interest trinity of own self interest, imposed self interest <rules and guidelines set up by some larger entity> and the other persons’ self interest.
For if we only seek obedience to the ‘imposed interest’ we are doomed for failure.
Simplistically this is why authoritarianism and totalitarianism and autocracies fail.
They try to impose self interest which, more likely than not, does not actually align with real self interest and this generates a feeling of adversity … and chaos.
Which is slightly odd in that we are generating chaos from order.
All this does is point out that imposed order is more likely to create chaos than not.
There is a phrase called ‘obedient autonomy’ and I am purposefully misusing it to make a point.
Individualistic autonomy is a false narrative. Yes. we can make individual choices but unless we are on some island, alone, … we inevitably interact with other people and are connected culturally in a variety of ways.
We must have some self-imposed order to enable the greater whole to have a greater good.
Our self imposed order limits chaos created by people … not created by Life.
And … if we get our self imposed order wrong? Whew. It only creates more adversity, more angst, more friction and more inefficient cultural and societal behavior.
All that philosophical mumbo jumbo aside … here is my point.
We sometimes confuse what appears to be a disorderly and uncertain world with what is actually just disorderly and uncertain people.
Therefore, maybe we confuse chaos or randomness with what is actually unpredictability due to our lack of understanding or information <or maybe a thread of ignorance>.
I believe we all know that there has to be some kind of standard, some kind of mutual agreement and that ‘some’ means it should be captured in some laws, rules and guidelines. That is not really ‘imposed interest’ but rather ‘interest captured in guidelines.’
This shouldn’t be that hard to grasp because, similarly, we all know there are clearly some scientific laws that govern the universe.
These are the things that help make some aspects of life predictable and orderly.
I read somewhere … there isn’t really much variation from stone to stone, or from lion to lion, or from cloud to cloud to us people. Therefore, you would have to say that without people the universe is extremely orderly with the occasional exception that actually proves the rule rather than disprove this rule of thinking.
Therefore, if we see randomness or we see chaos, it is not ‘the world’ nor is it some ‘universe thing’ … but rather people and personalities creating what we “see”.
Because what people make … people can unmake.
Just ponder that when you think about a universe and world and Life which seems uncertain and out of control.
It is people creating that feeling of chaos & uncertainty and those people’s behaviors can always be constrained and contained by other peoples who are in the right and seek some orderliness.