Order and Disorder

In art, which is better: order, disorder, or a bit of both?  How about in other human affairs?

Order implies uniformity, conformity and obedience.  Things are easier to control and regiment, when they are in straight lines and adhere to the rules.

Order assumes that effectiveness and efficiency derive from collective sameness, rectitude and a “one size fits all” approach to things.  Orthodoxy ensures compliance.

Order asserts that somebody has already decided what “good order” looks like.  Who is that somebody?

If somebody has decided what good order is, then it also implies that somebody gives the orders and everybody else must take them.  Why are they the ones to give the orders?  What gives them their legitimacy?  Who chose them?

Disorder, in contrast, is thought to be bad.  People fear disorder.  They equate it to lawless chaos.  They think it is ugly.  Further, they think the chaos is more violent than the violence required to impose order and to regulate.

If you tally the body count resulting from any large-scaled injustice, assault, extortion and/or murder that was a direct result of a collective belief in order, and the misapplication of authority, they far outnumber the deaths directly attributable to any large-scaled injustice, assault, extortion and/or murder, which was due to a lack of authoritarian power.  Making order causes atrocities.

Differences and diversity are merely variations, in truth.  We’re taught that disorder is bad, but maybe disorder is actually a healthy, evolutionary process, that lets things grow.  Variations are desirable.

Disorder might not be deviant at all.

It could be that variations are acceptable and even optimal.  Disorder represents a multiplicity of choices and solutions, instead of just one rigid one, imposed by those creating their “order” and giving their orders.

Expecting or demanding that people stay in line and never deviate robs them of dignity, autonomy, agency and power.  Disorder gives it back.  Artists need a little disorder to thrive.

Could it be that the love of power is all that underpins the love of order?  Order is not for your benefit at all.  It’s for the benefit of the straighteners and correctors that want to rule.

The prohibition of disorder and the imposition of order are techniques for asserting brutal power, not aesthetic imperatives, efficiency optimisations or a general benefit to humanity.

Order is a fraud.  Disorder is where the seeds of progress germinate.



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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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One Response to Order and Disorder

  1. Spookily, this is my 666th post!

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