Fred A Levy Haskell (fredcritter) wrote,
Fred A Levy Haskell

Order and Chaos

In the first few pages of Karen Armstrong's History of God, she talks about the Babylonian creation myth which, not unlike the one found in the Torah, involves imposing order upon chaos. (Apparently the notion of creation out of nothing, creation without there having been a pre-existing sacred raw material or something, is just too wacky or weird or impossible or far-out or something for most (all?) people/religions.) It occurs to me that it may be far too easy for (some?) people to get carried away with this notion that imposing order upon chaos is the business of gods and that therefore for them to do so is emulating the gods or being godlike themselves. That is to say, perhaps it is too easy for people who are inclined to value "orderliness" above all else to feel justified or validated or supported or encouraged or somesuch in their inclination/drive to impose order on, you know, other people or "messy," complex social systems, or.... Well, anyway. I must think upon this more....


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