Chaos has different meanings in philosophy, society or mathematics.
Chaos theory is the field of study in mathematics that studies the behaviour of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions—a response popularly referred to as the butterfly effect.
Math is a very, very distant memory so I won’t even try to explain that. Butterflies I get.
If you think of chaos as meaning a lack of visual control, then nature has many examples. Reflections of autumn foliage on the water create fluid, chaotic designs. Similarly, the ragged-winged Swallowtail with its yellow and black patterns stands out against a chaotic background of vibrant colours. The photograph below captures sunlight glinting on a pond with leaves, slightly submerged. It also reminds me of looking up at the night sky and that confusion for me is a bit chaotic.
Chaos in society relates to anarchy and I can’t help but wonder if we are on the verge of a significant change for the western world. I am very fortunate to live in Canada, where we have for the most part a working democracy, freedom of speech, openness towards other cultures and a very good standard of living compared to other parts of the world. My hope for the world is that hatred and war become things of the past, but I know we are a long way from that.
Nature and photography help me to feel a connection to all that is good on this planet and I find inspiration by reading blogs from around the world showcasing nature through the art of photography. It won’t stop the chaos, but for me, it is a small step in the right direction.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche