The concept of chaos scares many, as it signifies a complete and utter loss of control. This lack of control reveals a state of fear and helplessness.
There is a principle that relates to control, and this principle states that an individual will have high levels of self-esteem to the degree that they believe that they are in control of their life.
There are many ways to understand both order and chaos, and from the perspective of an individual that believes that they are losing control chaos is something that occurs externally, and subsequently encroaches upon their existence. For these individuals chaos must be eliminated before they are allowed to progress with their life. This way of thinking causes despondency that will lead to self-defeat.
The philosopher Epictetus understood this when he declared that, ‘no man is free who is not a master of himself.’
People may put themselves in a state of chaos by reinforcing the belief that chaos is imposed from external forces that occur outside of their reach, then intrude like marauding vandals who overrun and destroy the tranquillity of their mind.
A person that understood about the chaos of battle and of the mind was Napoleon Bonaparte, he stated, ‘the battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.’
In this realization is revealed a principle of correspondence, which posits that a person’s outer reality is in relation to the inner thoughts and beliefs that are held within an individual.
So here we find a clue in being able to understand that chaos is something that can be created and eliminated through the facility of thought. This must not be misinterpreted as the ability to eliminate phenomena from the world by thought, but to transform the way that these events are understood as something harmful and chaotic.
Ostensibly there is an apparent contradiction in the way that chaos occurs, for some will experience chaos where no chaos exists, while others perceive order where things are chaotic. This reality must appear in the perceptions of an individual, and in the instances that chaos appears within society; there must be an understanding of the antecedent conditions prior to the chaotic events, therefore giving perspective and understanding to the events in question.
We can progress to another thought, and this is that order is sprung from chaos. In other words they are inextricably linked with each other, and depend upon each other, or could even be classified as the same thing, whilst being perceived from opposing viewpoints.
We can look at the mythical figure of Medusa, and we can see that some would perceive her to be hideous, and according to some sources of the myth so grotesque that all who were struck by her gaze would be instantly transformed to stone.
When the ancient hero Perseus beheaded Medusa, a strange event occurred, not only did the severed head of Medusa enable Perseus to ward off enemies, but also from the decapitated body sprung Pegasus, a beautiful and divine winged horse.
The question must be, how can a beautiful entity be born from a manifestation of the grotesque? A plausible explanation could be found within the philosophical analysis of Anaxagoras, who surely would have been acquainted with this apparent contradiction who said, nothing comes into being or is destroyed; but all is an aggregation or secretion of pre-existent things: so that all-becoming might more correctly be called becoming-mixed, and all corruption, becoming-separate.’
In short, everything that exists is an amalgam of everything that has existed or ever will exist. Another interesting occurrence at the death of Medusa is that according to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, from the blood of Medusa was also spawned a creature called the Amphisbaena, who was a serpent with a head at each end of its body. So here we have another instance of duality and polarity.
A thing to remember is that when things appear to be in chaos it may be down to an inability to take control of the situation. Often problems appear insurmountable when they are bigger than our ability to deal with them, and yet when a person is truly ready to deal with everything that life can throw at them, then there is no problem.
That does not mean that there are not challenges or situations to overcome, these are things to circumvent, and not blocks that inhibit progress.
The general Sun Tzu said, ‘Amid the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all.’
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