Order and Chaos

I found Maps of Meaning difficult to listen to on Audible, probably a book in hand would have made it easier. The videos on the same subject have the problem that Jordan Peterson needs a while to get to the point that suffering is real and being a “good person” has to do with how you alleviate suffering. The opposite, he points out, was demonstrated by the Nazi extermination camps, and was how malevolent people can be. This leads to the question of what matters. What should I be aiming for?
It seems to be the difference between what is and what should be. The latter should be in some way better than the first, but just how do we decide, or better, how do we agree on what should be? I think it is becoming increasingly difficult to ascertain, what with all the aspirations to separate and differ around. The worst things that man has done happened when this was the case. The best things man has produced has come from working and pulling together for a common goal. This should make us sit up and think.
I think that in many areas where people at odds today are unexplored territory. JBP showed that this is traditionally chaos. It is where we are most destructive but in the same way the place where new things can come from. It is generally where things aren’t working out the way we’d hoped. In fact, the West seems to be undermining what has brought us so far and welcoming chaos. Radical movements on the fringe do their best to create chaos and thereby hope to install their particular take on what is good. Of course, there are umpteen groups and movements at any one time.
Young people seem to find order oppressive although it is explored territory and familiar. We know that all forms of culture can be tyrannical as much as they’re beneficial. But we underestimate the benefit of being where things work out the way they were planned. Living in a reliable society that is balanced and even seems to be the worst thing imaginable for investors and entrepreneurs, who also value a chaos that they can offer their special order to solve. In this way we could see chaos as a valuable balance in the yin and yang of society, as indeed JBP points out. The question remains, what is enough order and enough chaos, but not so much as to push the world over the edge?
Traversing good and evil, order and chaos is the task of us all. All called to follow the mythological hero, and be the hero in our own way. I think that the more we live this way individually, the less danger there would be collectively. As JBP points out, ancient traditions have shown for thousands of years that the line between good and evil passes through the heart of each of us. The more balanced we are, the more balanced society will be.

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