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Things fall apart…

Perhaps “the centre cannot hold” because there is no centre. Chaos and disorder are far more the native state of material (thermodynamic, dissipative) facts than are the projected order and control around which we reflexively and aspirationally self-validate.

Curious, indeed, (and under one perspective) that everything emerging out of the complexity sciences suggests that it is in our vainglorious desires to control, to constrain and to cast a matrix of order over this shared reality that we generate even more disorder than would otherwise occur. Subsequently, we double-down on brute-forcing order and control in ways which validate that activity by the creation of precisely the kinds of disorder and socioeconomic or cultural dissonance that the assertion of order and control finds itself uniquely and perfectly well-placed to engage.

Never mind that the only way to make the catastrophic pit of one disordered state (by this analogy) smaller is to dig a bigger one around it, nor that this is a pattern of recurrence and accelerating, oscillating dependency that didn’t end well for the Romans before us. We will probably only ever successfully engage with the endemic entropy and disassembly of this world if we discover how to let go.

Context: ‘Things fall apart’: the apocalyptic appeal of WB Yeats’s The Second Coming

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