Originally posted by Hand of Hecate
Perhaps I should have said there is beauty in chaos. One of the purest illustrations of anarchy in action is Nature itself. Order, chaos, destruction and growth all finding an equilibrium. An anarchist society would ultimately find a similar equilibrium, but, the cost would offend our delicate sensibilities.
Poetry and chaos are mutually exclusive and pretension is as a result of chaos. - Perhaps I should have said there is beauty in chaos. One of the purest illustrations of anarchy in action is Nature itself. Order, chaos, destruction and growth all finding an equilibrium. An anarchist society would unltimately find a similar equilibrium, ...[text shortened]... similar approach they'll not only secure their own position, but, make society stronger.[/b]
Then we define chaos differently. Chaos is the absence of order. IMO
But I see your point of view. As for our sensibilities being offended, if we allowed 'chaos' to rule to affect equilibrium in society, the effect would be more chaos. Chaos breeds chaos.
From a Biblical perspective nature is in decay as a result of the curse, so I can see why you would interpret nature as in a state of chaos in equilibrium. But nature is not in equilibrium. Nature is in a state of continuous decay punctuated by spurts of growth.
Chaos can have order or structure to it by virtue of taking the easiest path, facilitating change, or by various elements within it interacting with each other. Truth is irrelevant.
Again, chaos resists order. By assigning order as a function of chaos is a contradiction. I have absolutely no idea why you inserted the statement 'truth is irrelevant'.
I think my idea of "civic contribution" is different than yours. Very few of us can make a tangible effect upon the greater good. Your individual energy/efforts are much better spent protecting and nurturing your immediate associates (family, friends, coworkers). One of the most socially responsible things you can do is mentor and support those starting out in life. Arm them with tools to be successful. Guide their path to a successful and comfortable life. If everyone takes a similar approach they'll not only secure their own position, but, make society stronger.
I agree with you here, but I would add that this is exactly what the law is intended for. To bring order to what would inevitably disintegrate into chaos. Unfortunately there is just enough good being done to prevent total disaster. I say unfortunately because it just isn't going to get any better. In fact, the signs show otherwise.