We live in a complicated world. We live complicated lives within a complicated human landscape. Our complicated lives are made more complicated by the complicated biological, ecological, zoological, psychological, socio-economical, political, technological, and cosmological realities we interact with every day.
“Interact” may be too kind of a word to use in many of these cases. So often, too often, we don’t really interact. We’re more likely to react to the overwhelming realities that surround and often dominate us.
For complicated people like us, reacting is often the least complicated thing we’ll ever do. Reacting doesn’t make us simple, except perhaps for the simple conclusion we often reach as we react to the overwhelming reality – that complicated equals chaos.
By definition, chaos makes no sense. We are persuaded, even conditioned, to believe that our inability to make sense of these massive complicated realities renders the whole hot mess an expression of massive chaos.
Of course, if it is chaos, it’s probably also massively random as well. The most recent and fashionable new meme for this chaos is called the Law of Unintended Consequences. Does it really seem sensible, beyond our desire to appear intellectual, philosophical, or even spiritual, that the gentle beating of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a catastrophic tornado in Texas? That feels like an unintended consequence, which could only be verified if you were able to ask the butterfly its intention.
In this episode of The Question podcast, you will hear highlights from Frederick Tamagi’s presentation on “The Message of Symmetry”, as well as the music of David Andrew Wiebe.