Tuesday, June 17, 2008
No.I am not referring to the butterfly effect. Nor am I making some abstruse allusion to Marshall and Lily's 'Olive theory'. None of that, sorry. It's simply an observation I have made off late that I have so arrogantly dubbed as a theory.
The theory essentially goes like this : "People DESIRE chaos"
It's not very apparent when you observe that mothers have a penchant for keeping homes neat and clean. Don't be deluded by this apparent aberration. The truth will not be revealed if you only scratch the surface, you need to dig deeper. Order and chaos have forever been battling for our attention though chaos always wins the war(Second Law of Thermodynamics). Nevertheless, why we choose one over the other at a given instant of time is very subjective. It depends on the context of the choice.
People choose order more out of necessity. It's good to find your car keys on top of the fridge every morning. It's good if there is no traffic on the way to work. It's good if things are just right. Just the way you planned them to be. That's because people think of the long run. Putting the keys in the right place tonight so that you can find them tomorrow morning is planning ahead. But if you start thinking of now and now alone, a lot of perspectives will change. The thrill of doing something chaotic, something rebellious is just too strong. I can describe Order as someone you get married to whereas Chaos is your paramour.
I had an interesting encounter with a young French guy. He was very happy to meet me, an Indian. He had been on an exchange program to IIM Calcutta. So I asked him what was the best thing he liked about Kolkata? His eyes glazed over as he recalled the fondest of his memories. He said, "Ze Chaos".