Life is Controlled Chaos

Life itself is controlled chaos and success depends on navigating it, rather than waiting for things to be perfect.

Tiger Mom…Meet Panda Dad
Wall Street Journal
March 29, 2011

Mary, my workmate at Scranton Library in Madison, the miner of quotes comes through again.

Hate to rain on everyone’s parade.
There is no perfect!
No perfect relationship!
No perfect home!
No perfect Job

The sooner we as humanity realize that the sooner we can move forward to our next evolutionary state.  Perfection ONLY lies with the divine.

One of my favorite authors is Jonathan Carroll and he has a unique spin on God and Chaos.  Much of what he writes about in two of his books deal with these two dichotomies. In  White Apples and its sequel, Glass Soup,  Mr Carroll has us believing:
God is a tile mosaic, chaos is a fat man in a cheap blue suit and death is a learning experience for the deceased.

Here’s a perfect example of what I’m referring to with Mr Carroll’s work.  This is a passage from Glass Soup:
With apologies to Jonathan Carroll. This is a wonderful explanation of God and the Big Bang. Where does this man come up with such a beautiful explanation. Yet another reason, he is my favorite writer.

“This is how it began. Don’t ask when that was because I don’t know. Eight zillion years ago. Five trillion millenniums. Whenever. There was a big bang. In fact there have been several big bangs. But I’ll get to that in awhile.”

“Before it blew apart, that was God”

“What was God?”

“Everything joined together in one grand design. That was God. But God blew apart, scattering his bits and pieces to every corner of every universe. His bits and pieces made up universes.” The bear stopped to let the image sink in before continuing. Leni found herself looking closely at the snowstorm falling around; as if it meant more now because she knew how important a part it played in this story.

“Now imagine everyone of those snowflakes is an individual life. That one is a tree, and that one is a bug, that one is a person…
Every single flake is a distinct life. Some of these living things are intelligent, some aren’t. The bug is smarter than the tree. But that hasn’t mattered until recently. Everything lives its life has its experiences and dies.”

The above passage appears in Glass Soup.

Mr Carroll continues to impress and show me why he is a gift and master storyteller. There’s no one better in my opinion.
I THINK one of the reasons Mr. Carroll’s work so resonates with me is because I am on the same page with him in many matters of my own belief system.

I love that I’ve found a writer who appears to be a kindred spirit.  Anyone brave enough to attempt reading him I believe will come away with a similar feeling, especially those of you on the same spiritual path that I’m on.

Okay.  Back on topic.

Chaos reigns over everything in our lives.  Those of us who understand this and are able to work our way through the chaos, are fortunate to know that life isn’t always going to be easy.  It’s how we cope with the chaos that really determines how we’re going to live.  There are two kinds of people in this paradigm:
1.  Those that understand this and are able to float through life, row down the stream, not against it.
2.  Those that see chaos as chaos and can’t seem to get out of it’s way, and have this preconceived notion that Chaos is doing this to them.  That they are being singled out.  That ONLY they are being affected by it.  When in actuality, EVERYONE has chaos enter their lives.  As I said above, it’s all how we cope with it.  Learn to accept it, embrace it even.  Those that do live a more successful life.

Which one are you?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to everyone.

Chris

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5 responses to “Life is Controlled Chaos

  1. You just gave me a new author to check out! Some inriguing thoughts regarding God, reality and chaos.

    I came across a quote recently which I might blog about, I found it really thought provoking and would like to share it with you:

    “I have a great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.”

    I agree that it is better to try to understand chaos, not to fight it, but to flow with it, let it rise up, endure and pass away, hopefully leaving experiences and wisdom in its wake through our experience of enduring it and learning something from it.

    A great post! 🙂

    • Hi Jessica:
      Jonathan Carroll is my favorite author. He’s not for everyone. Sort of philosophical, metaphysical fantasy is how I’d describe him. I LOVE his storytelling ability and I think he gets better w/each book he writes. His latest is called:
      The Ghost in Love

  2. Very interesting and thought-provoking stuff! I believe in most of what you say about chaos but I also believe in Divine Order. I believe there’s no such thing as a “perfect relationship” but I also believe that all my relationships are perfect. I believe that paradox is to genius as passion is to love.

    Thanks for caring and sharing!

  3. I believe that things happen for a reason and that there are no coincidences.

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