On chaos and balance

I have always been enthralled by mythology; weaved stories of our world and anthropomorphic characters harnessed to portray beliefs and abstract concepts.

Loki

Loki

JOKER. The arch villain of the Caped Crusader, but also the archetype: the Trickster. Legends, folklore and religious texts depict a Trickster in one form or another: Loki, the Coyote, Puck, the Fox, the Serpent…

The trickster deity breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously (for example, Loki) but usually, albeit unintentionally, with ultimately positive effects.Wikipedia

Harvey Dent / Two-Face and Joker (comicbookmovie.com)Heath Ledger’s Joker in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, does a good salesman speech for breaking the rules when he convinces the distraught Two-Face (previously Harvey Dent) that in our world, plagued by crime and terror, chaos is the only thing left that is fair.

Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.

Taken out of the context of the scene, Joker’s viewpoint can be seen as more than just the lunacy of a madman criminal genius. It is a criticism of the established structures of the society and capitalism, which so many take for granted. Hyped up by the media, fear of terrorism, climate change, youth crime, unsafe streets and child abductions (and alien abductions and so on) have become so familiar that we have become sedated. We might be shocked by the news but quickly resume our daily routine and simply shrug at the news stream.

Fear makes things seem hopeless. One corrupted servant of the state will always be followed by another and the scheming cogs keep on turning in the background. So, it’s all very serious and troubling and eventually numbing. But once the established order is shaken, we might get the odd chance of people waking up and even taking action. Chaos divides unity and therefore awakens the need to join together. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – or should I say more cohesive, united. A little chaos might just be needed every once in a while to regain the balance lost in the workings of our society. A little hardening can do most of us good and remind us of the existence of our guts.

This is an older rant which I thought I should post here. It might not be as cohesive as I wanted it to be but it portrays my feelings at the time.

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One response to “On chaos and balance

  1. Hey! This is Amy (as in Em’s sister), just got on the blog train myself 🙂

    Interesting you say that about chaos and the eventual cohesive nature – Nietzsche said much the same thing about unified willingness and the resolute “yes” surging us forward with unity, and also extended it to hate – saying it’s in the darkness of our being that bonds people together. Almost gives you a sense that the ‘World Peace’ ideal would simply bring about people wandering around aimlessly with no particular goals or motivation.

    Anyway that’s my ‘avoiding work’ comment for the day!

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