Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans-The Chaos Theory

Everywhere you go, the talk is all about Katrina, and specifically about New Orleans. Some of what we've seen is disgusting, people acting as their worst. But most importantly we must remember that again, this is not the majority. The majority evacuated. And then the majority of the minority left acted rationally considering the terrible plight they were in. And then the news will cover the most sensational of what's left.

Death, and life, are chaos. And chaos breeds both creativity and anarchy. A good friend of mine was once talking with me about the chaos theory. We were actually talking about it in regard to when two parties meet that are just the right combination in chaos, they drive the chaos in a way that is more powerful than the chaos, in other words, controlled chaos, in a sense. I've always remembered the conversation in these situations because it becomes such a fitting metaphor.

Then there is the butterfly effect: The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen. Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does. (Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos, pg. 141)


So, why am I talking about this? Because I think it is most important to remember the changes that this will bring, the changes for the better. It is, after all, when we are challenged, that we can rise to our worth. Or, as I stated here, one of my favorite proverbs is: "Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it."

That is what we are seeing now. We are seeing the character of New Orleans, of the people surrounding it, of the people in Texas that are taking in many of the survivors, of our country. And some of the character revealed is ugly. But most of it is strong and beautiful.

On that note, I'm off to New York tomorrow to meet with some people that are trying to help streamline the effort of cleaning up after Katrina. Of putting peoples' lives back together. Of doing what we do best at these times, showing our character.

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A good friend of mine was once talking with me about the chaos theory.

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