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On the Edge of Chaos

By Benjain J. Butler


Devon, UK

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.


William S. Burroughs


The first power to come into being was Chaos. Then arose Gaia, broad-bosomed earth, which serves as the ever-immovable base for all the immortals who dwell on snowy Olympus; and then shadowy Tartaros deep in the wide-eyed earth, and then Eros surpassing every immortal in beauty, who, as a loosener of limbs, brings all immortals and mortals under his power.


Poems of Hesiod

The Greek creation story was that at first there was Chaos and from Chaos came Gaia, Mother Earth. It was Gaia that ordered and gave birth to the Universe. Life, then, is the dance between order and disorder. This is a primordial concept. Chuang Tau in 4th Century China said:

She who wants to have right without wrong,


Order without disorder,


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