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Old 02-02-2004, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chaos: healthy or destructive?

Ok, maybe you guys can help clear up a disagreement I'm having with a friend of mine...

Chaos: A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.

I'm not talking about the mathematical or philosophical definition of chaos here. Just the idea of taking actions on a whim or allowing some unpredictability into your life to stave off boredom.

Is it normal to do this? Is it healthy or destructive?
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In a perfect world, nobody would have chaos in their lives and there would be no fear, no worries, because you would KNOW what wouuld happen next, and everyone else's actions. It would be extremely productive, although REALLY FREAKIN BORING.

Like everything, chaos is best enjoyed in moderation, adding unpredicability to your actions and everyone elses, adding excitement to your life. Obviously too much chaos would be extremely destructive, but most people have things or people or ideals that they place value in and seek stability from.

It's totally normal to do something completely off the wall sometimes just to make life worth living. But if you do it all the time you will quickly find that it's a bad thing. For instance, if your room is totally organized and neat it makes it kind of boring, plain, almost unlived in. If it is a little messy, disoderly, it adds character and sometimes you have to search a bit for something. But if your room is a pigsty, it'll be repulsive and probably a little unhygenic, and you'll spend alot of time looking for stuff you threw on the floor a week ago. Obviously this my little metaphor for chaos in your life, it's good to have a little disorder once in a while, but if you make it a habit life won't be easy for ya.
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chaos Breeds Employment.

Chaos causes distruction. Distruction means somthing that someone made is broken, they were employed. to replace said item someone has to be employed to remake it. You have to work to buy said item.

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Old 02-03-2004, 12:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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there should always be some chaos after predictability or else you can theoretically predict the future
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Chaos makes imagination work. Without a dose of chaos, true creativity would be impossible. All art and music would be based on strict formulas defining what appeals to the majority of human brains, for maximum effect.

...Sort of like it is now with pop music, except much, much worse, because I'd have no choice but to like it!

But too much chaos is just unproductive, and you won't get very far on total randomness. A small dose is enough to add some excitement to your life.
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The universe inherantly tending toward entropy, trying to fight chaos is like holding back the tide.
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Old 02-03-2004, 07:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sometimes when you're stuck in a holding pattern and don't know how to break out, a little chaos -- just doing _something, anything different_ -- can provide inspiration and new ideas. Just make sure that the chaos affects only you (or others who want to be part of it).

Y'know, like if you decide not to go into work today and head out on a road trip without telling anybody but you carpool and it's your turn to drive and you didn't tell your carpool partners you're not coming... well, that wouldn't be good. But if you're just sitting there on the weekend and decide to hop a cheap flight to Florida for just one day down there -- that's something else.
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Old 02-03-2004, 07:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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well, choas is always good, so is non-chaos (i forget the word), but it's the importance of finding a good mix, but everything is relevant.
as any bachelour or teen will tell you, the floor is a perfectly good way of organising things, everything is where you can see it, this is order, but to parents/girlfriends, it's complete chaos.
now, when the girlfriend/mother cleans up, chaos reigns with the bachelour/teen until everything ends back in the floor in it's own little space.
this is what most chaos and order happens like, swinging extremes, never that lovely balance in between, but with slightly less arguments...

so, just to be akward, it's both
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Old 02-03-2004, 12:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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wow man, I'm like wow

Chaos is the natural order, so cut loose
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Old 02-03-2004, 09:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Someone calling? Oh, wrong Chaos

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Old 02-05-2004, 11:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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chaos either causes negtive things to happen or netural things to happen


nothing good comes form chaos unless its a cause of your mind needs chaos to fuction
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The sign on my desk for years read--

"WHERE DISORDER REIGNS, GENIOUS EXSISTS"

we must have been a genious to survive in all of the chaos
of system design,build and maintenance--all at once..
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I do chaotic things all the time

Keeps people on their toes.
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Heh. Heh heh. Bwahahahahah.
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Chaos can be cool in moderation to avoid boredom. Not complete chaos though that sucks
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Grandma had a mug I liked "A clean desk is the sign of an empty mind."

Seriously though, there has to be a balance. All things in moderation. We need unpredictability. It gives our minds challenges, forces us to think quickly and to make split second decisions. It stretches us. Constant chaos as my day can be with 3 or more children in my 2 bedroom apt can be destructive to you emotionally, physically draining, and mentally tiring.

Balance. You have to have both.
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Old 02-06-2004, 10:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Chaos is a good thing. Chaos can be good stress, and can lead to good relationships. Destructive chaos is bad though, know you limits if you're going to do some crazy stuff on a whim.
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