Chaos -Making it work


I your life working for you?  Are you happy?  Does it seem like chaos or maybe the opposite and you feel stuck in a rut?

The solution is to find the right balance between chaos and structure.

This Universe works only because it is as it is.  Any different and it wouldn't work.  It is a nonlinear, dynamic system with deterministic behavior, but an undetermined outcome.  It borders chaos, but follows certain patterns and laws. Circular causality adds complexity which produces results that can not be specifically predicted from knowing an initial or current state of the system.  If it were rigid and static, or perfectly predictable and orderly, then there would be no room for adaptive evolution or choice. If it were entirely chaotic then there would be no foundation for evolution or change to build upon.

In plain English there is a middle path that makes it all work; a balance between order and chaos.  In human terms - it takes all kinds.  Some of us live on the edge by creating new ideas and pushing the boundaries of culture, art, and what it means to be human.  Others are traditional and hold things together by trying to maintain order in an ever-changing and dynamic universe.  We even have both personality types within ourselves.  There is a part of us that is adventurous and wants to experience something new and a part of us that is fearful of change and wants everything to remain the same.  The sweet spot lies in the balance - creative change with just enough structure to keep things from falling into total chaos.  

Make bold choices and extend your abilities, but don't lose sight of your center and who you truly are.  You cannot always control specific outcomes in this semi-chaotic world, but you can evolve, direct, and guide - helping to shape the future in this wondrous experience that we call life.

Please stop by and read my guest post at The Bold Life.  Tess offers resources and info for living a bold and courageous life.

Further reading on Amazon: 

Chaos: Making a New Science

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
Change, creativity, exceptional living, achievement.

9 comments:

  1. Producing art (consistently) of any form requires discipline to tame and capture creativity.

    Nathan James

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    1. The dance between order in chaos is necessary to produce art, life, galaxies, ......

      Dan

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  2. I love Chaos Theory.. the idea that systems in nature can have predetermined patterns yet their out comes are unknown... sounds like life to me.

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    1. Hi Diane,

      Exactly - Life and nature - Is there any difference? Can you separate the two?

      Dan

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  3. Wow, Dan. Well said. What else is there to say? Thank you.

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  4. Yes, chaos...On the Lakes (and later, in life, as a metaphor), I called it randomness. Here's a post I wrote, during our first cruise, applying it to the parenting of a child with special needs: http://myjourneytoithaca.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/on-judging-other-parents/

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    1. Hi Bethany,

      That's the thing - it's not quite random. It appears random because the patterns are so complex and are not quite determined that we sometimes cannot see them. In chaos theory the things that holds these patterns together and keep some sort of order are called strange attractors.

      Dan

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  5. The great composers are masters of this. Bartok especially, used the old forms such as sonata and rondo, but infused his music with synthetic scales and freakishly difficult rhythms. The result is astounding.

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    1. I'm afraid you're over my head in the music theory department, but I get the idea, and you're right - great artists know the rules and forms enough to transcend them.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Dan

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