Chaos= Information!?

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Submitted: July 27, 2016

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Submitted: July 27, 2016



Chaos... A somewhat euphonious word to my ears. However eerie, the unpredictability rooted deep inside chaos makes it so appealing to my senses.

Bluntly speaking, as soon as I started looking into chaos, I found myself caught between two stools. What would be my stance on chaos? Would it be more suitable for me to take it with a grain of salt ? Or should I put my thinking cap on rather?

If I was a supporter of the first attitude , a Let the sleeping dogs lie attitude, my standpoint would be something like "Chaos is bad". The simplest way to put it in words. Why on earth make a fuss out of a commonly despicable word? It would be much more easier to be on the same page with the majority.

I'm not quite sure if my scientific background accounts for this, but I find the aforementioned attitude very mind-numbing. It's far cry from my usual conduct. That of defying the odds.

I do think highly of chaos. It may sound like an overstatement but chaos is to my eyes one of the best things since sliced bread. Rather than an abstract concept, chaos can be materialized in different shapes.

The future telecommunications engineer I am tends to associate chaos with the theory of information. To my mind, taunting the phenomenological incarnation of chaos is about as interesting as watching paint dry  . When it comes to this one subject (and some others), I loathe being restrained by my consciousness that would pin all evils on chaos, this ruinous disorder. Giving the benefit of the doubt is not really my thing and I always try my earnest not to be led by prejudice.

Let me cut to the chase and ask you this one question. How would you feel if I told you that it will get hot this summer? I bet you will find it absolutely obvious and thus it can be in no way a piece of information. However what would be your reaction if I told you that it will be like minus ten degrees in one of the normally scorching days of July? I guess you would be awfully shocked. And this is what makes chaos.

Nothing can be more thrilling than that spark of confusion uncertainty ignites. And chaos is what makes information.

To put it in more scientific words, chaos is also known as entropy. This amount of uncertainty surrounding either the value or the outcome of a random variable.

Now that I have shared my stance on chaos, I will keep the scientific jargon at bay and be more down-to-earth. This one tremendously outstanding statement of Henry Adams will be the center of mass of my talk: " Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit".

In fact, I see eye to eye with Henry Adams on this. I believe chaos adds spice to our life while order roots out the thrill of existence. Unfortunately, we tend to stay clear of change and those ups and downs chill us to the bone.

Actually, I don't think loving is "the only thing that makes us feel alive" as Ed Sheeran says in one of his songs. The unpredictability brought about by chaos "makes us feel alive" too. We fear change but we can't get enough of it, unbeknownst to our consciousness. It would be definitely frustrating to have our life outlined by the same tedious routine. And this is so human like.

A question so that I won't stray off topic : what makes a news worth of hearing? The person involved in it maybe? The media outlet endorsing it ?... Sorry if you just thought so but you got it wrong . The answer is no other than chaos. Come to think of it, who would react to some obvious piece of news? Something like tomorrow the sun will rise in the morning. So what? What's the big deal? Wouldn't it add action to our life if we said tomorrow the sun will be rising at night?

This is what I will be calling the chaos effect. And whether it arouses joy or depression, it eventually accounts for a some kind of shock that will get us on the move. It may stir up our happy hormones if it is some upbeat chaos (and what can be more beautiful than spreading that happy syndrome !!). Even if it's the other way round, I still admire chaos because it works wonders to get us out of our comfort zone. It will urge us to get our act together and sort our problems out. I admit chaos can be in some occasions terribly unbearable and in some cases crippling but it is still a blessing. It is very laudable because it will impel us to start seeing things from a different angle. And this is why I think we should sing the praises of chaos whether it is leading to our delight or distress. That confusion accounts for the pleasure we long for.

Needless to say that no matter how hard we try to conceal it , but everyone has some egocentrism deep inside . And it's up to one's conscience to flaunt it or restrain it. Chaos , which can be seen in a way as having one's life turned upside down, makes our blood run cold but it causes quite a stir when others' life is involved.

Ironically enough, those who are most fearful of chaos taking over their lives are often on the edge of their seats watching others' lives taken by storm. I don't want to get ethics involved here because it's another issue. I mean it doesn't really matter for me if this is called gossip or scaremongering or whatever it is. What I'm trying to convey is that chaos accounts for our existence in a way. It fuels our life often without our notice. It's a shield that keeps us away from habit, a major brake of inner growth and self improvement.

I don't like to address chaos as the commonly known disorder because that implies a dreadful connotation. I would consider it rather as a new order of things. A change that will keep us going forward, growing and improving. It's not like we are immortal. We get only to live once so we have to live it to the fullest.

In our ever-changing era, chaos has become a must and maybe even a standard. Instead of making every effort to postpone it, wouldn't it be easier to regard it as a blessing and turn it to one's favor?

In a nutshell, I think we should break with the traditional ways of thinking. Rather than confining concepts in those conventional stereotypes, it would be more convenient to look on their bright side. That way, we will not only get at ease with things we used to fear but also it will be a good exercise for the brain. It will be like killing two birds with one stone. And that what makes it a great lifehack....

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