Order Is a Losing Battle…

Order & Chaos are a tough nut to crack!

This morning as I trudged through the hotel lobby to make my way to some breakfast fixens (this is while I’m in Texas)  I noticed this young lady a bit disheveled (as myself for that hour)  working on her computer reading a “word” document.  She was pains takingly formatting it and shifting things from here to there to get it just right.  In other words, she was breathing “order” into the work, as were there was chaos she was transmuting that to order.  In fact this got me to thinking as while I didn’t have a clue what the document was even for, I’m sure it  was intended to bring some further set of order to her charge, be it a process, sales or who knows what, there was sure to be order.

So what is the big deal you ask as millions of people draft word documents, power points and the like every day to bring order so what.  Well its that very point as the human animal is the only “animal” which comprehends its own mortality.  In other words, we realize we have a start (birth) and an end (death), where the squirrel on your front porch has no clue of any of this.  In fact their life is governed by the Second Law of Thermodynamics or more commonly known as the Law of Increased Entropy.

This is where everything moves from order to entropy following the arrow of time, as the squirrel is born, collects a few nuts then ends up being hit by a car and rotting in the street.  As while this is a rather blunt and maybe grotesque analogy.  It is accurate and descriptive also as the squirrel starts as an ordered body and in the “end” becomes unordered.  Of course we in fact end up the same way hopefully minus the car and rotting in the road.  However the difference is we spend our life in a losing battle against chaos, as we fight it every day in an attempt to harness chaos to form order only to lose that ground to decay the next.

One thing worth pointing out is my reasoning for this waxing is not to convince you all this is for not as you might as well stay in bed as you’re just going to die some day so what is the use.  It yet is to point this fact out as the iconic Chinese symbol of yin and yang contains both light and dark so does our universe contain both chaos and order.  Therefore there must be a reason this disheveled young lady was working so hard to bring order to the world as if the world refused order then this would not be possible even though any order she brought would surely decay and end up like the squirrel…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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