There is Only Chaos: Conflict Avoidance Culture #4

by Words and Chaos

Or: Why Conflict is Important.

I’ve been writing about this general subject for several weeks now. Perhaps I’m banging on about it for too long, but I’m going to bring it back to its general idea. Back to the core philosophy driving this overly elaborate rant.

Conflict is not bad.

When two different ideas collide you get conflict. You can replace ‘ideas’ with just about any other word you like – including sheep – and it won’t really affect much of the general idea. Out of that conflict comes chaos: The breaking of established boundaries, conventions, or concepts. But when these things are broken they do not cease to exist. They just change.

Over time, and through conflict, the prevailing idea also changes. Like the forming of the earth, the crashing of millions of meteorites into the surface, many billions of years ago, outside objects have crashed again and again into it, and afterwards some trace of those outside objects has been left behind. Gradually they have changed the workings of the prevalent system and we arrived at the world we know.

Change affects everything. From the conflict that spawns chaos comes change. Change is often a concept that scares people. The fear of the unfamiliar, the fear of the unknown, is a well-documented fear. We are all affected, in one way or another, by a fear of the unknown. That fear is prevalent so much so that many seek only to conserve the existing state. The mantra of ‘business as usual’, the preserving of the status quo, whatever can be perceived as normality – they will fight to keep these boundaries as they are.

Change, while fearsome, and sometimes painful, is necessary. Without change there is no progress. Stasis, in any form, is far worse than any change. You cannot learn from stasis. Nothing can come from maintaining the current state.

There must be conflict to produce chaos.
There must be chaos to produce change.
There must be change to produce progress.