Man’s ideas about the starting point for the creation of all things were always the same archetypes.
Chaos takes on them all sorts of names. However, what is easy to ignore – its impact and presence is manifested at various stages of cosmology, slightly changing.
In today’s post, I will allow myself some freedom – I do not want to discourage you and interest you, draw you into an interesting reflection and play with its issue. If you are familiar with Hesiod Theogonia – Chaos emerged from Chronos and so it all began. To go backwards – the oldest cosmogenic images of Egyptian (heliopolitan cosmology) or Mesopotamian (both Sumerian and Akkadian) origin are getting much more interesting but not so differently. Chaos took the form of the Praoceanu (god / goddess guarding him – the example of Tiamat) from which the first gods or components of the world emerged, but what does ancient mythology call chaos say science?
We would call chaos a state before the big bang. What about the birth of life? According to one theory (by the way the most popular) it was born in the ocean, surf full of organic compounds in a world without oxygen. Earth was then ruled by the most powerful elements that our imagination refuses to visualize – mine gives me a picture of a pretty hell.
If one were to delve into it … It could be measured as the most powerful power and creative matter – in the end it was the gods and the world (worlds) that emerged.
However, this is not to be missed – the fact that virtually every culture also considers it as a mixture of elements – a mixture of both creative and destructive forces.
How is this chaos in everyday life? Recently, I have had the real pleasure of attending lectures in the field of psychology – during one of them I learned some interesting things about the most favorable conditions for creative thinking.
Well, according to research conducted by a team from the University of Illinois (under the direction of Ravi Mehta), the man most creatively thinks in place at first glance not entirely conducive to thinking at all.
According to the results of the work of scientists – a man or a team of people becomes more creative in a rather restless place (the example quoted in class – a crowded cafe) – not a quiet, peaceful corner of your own home.
Something must be happening – to a minimum, our brain must remain vigilant, divisive attention due to quite random stimuli.
In other words, the element of chaos is necessary for creative thinking and just … life.
An element of chaos was responsible for the emergence of life. Sometimes, however, it is necessary for its flourishing – to maintain its continuity. I will reach for a rather dramatic example.
Giant Mammoth Cones (Sequoiadendron giganteum, (redwood surviving to the aged 3-3.5 thousand years) open only during fires, when temperatures reach totally record values. This type of organism that makes its duration dependent on fire is called a pyrophyte. Another example is eucalyptus, which you probably know – due to huge fires in Australia, which according to estimates consumed about 5% of the country’s forests.
It is the fire – fire, one of the most powerful forces of nature that needs certain conditions to occur and whose development we are able to predict to some extent …. it can surprise – it is undoubtedly the element of chaos necessary for survival.
The element of chaos can be helpful not only when creating – included in the work makes us stay with him for longer!
Our mind desperately looks for rules – a higher order that directs the stimuli that reach our brain. Nature is constructed in such a way, so is man also constructed – our mind likes to find rules and dependencies … searching and checking the best solutions, verifying them without mercy. However, we do not quite match the nature that gave birth to us. This is evidenced by our ability to think abstractly and consciousness. Man likes order but he is excited by what he does not understand, what escapes the rules he knows.
Assuming that chaos is some randomness – or at least a deviation from the established rules, let’s try to imagine how much glory would pass us by were it not for its trace presence?
To keep looking – an example of jazz music. Don’t his assumptions basically reject what was formerly indisputable? If you look at jazz harmony, it can resemble the art of bending classical harmony in order to extract a new quality. It is this element of chaos that makes jazz is such an emotional mixture of sound colors – a systematized, very emotional improvisation seasoned with the tastiest milligram of chaos.
Now look at the collection of your favorite books, CDs and albums with reproductions of the works of your favorite artists.