Chaos, Magic, and the Power of God
Written By: John Dale Wright
With that said, I realize that many have never had the privilege of studying mathematics in any great detail. No doubt most readers barely have a rudimentary understanding of it, so I will be brief in the science of Chaos Theory. Made simple, it the theory of nonlinearity. In linear mathematics there are set guidelines by which basics can be performed, like addition. 1+99=100, right? In a nonlinear equation, there is more than one unknown, or variable. A+B=100… you simply cannot know what A or B are. You can surmise sets of possibilities, but you simply cannot know for sure. This form of mathematics can be applied to any number of purposes, for example the weather.
Most of you have heard about the “Butterfly Effect”. Aside from Hollywood’s interpretation, this phenomenon is summed up in a basic principle of Chaos Theory: Sensitive dependence on initial conditions. The butterfly flaps it’s wings in Chicago and weeks later there is a hurricane in Beijing… presumably linkable to the butterfly’s perturbations on the atmosphere. Thus, the weather is infinitely dependent on conditions everywhere at all times. The reason science cannot accurately predict the weather is because it is not privileged to those minute initial conditions. It uses larger conditions that are more available and visible to determine the weather as best it can.
Let’s take this a step further, shall we? If the same logic can be applied to, say, the future, we have yet another infinite number of unknowable variables that constitute a nonlinear set. Were it that reverse time travel was even possible, it wouldn’t matter if you killed your own grandfather before your father was conceived… your very breath would change the outcome. Sure, it may not affect your existence, but it will ultimately change the weather… changing the future. Regardless of what you may perceive, everything about your existence has an effect on the world around you. Your breath changes the weather, your footsteps influence tectonics, and your socializing shapes politics.
Taken to a metaphysical level, one can surmise that great power would be had over all things if one had the ability to shape just one of these myriad variables. Looking at the human mind, we find memory and thought being shaped of merely electrical impulses. The fundamentals of emotion and behavior are heavily shaped by the firing of synapses that affect hormones. Thus, a very, very small change can significantly alter one’s thoughts and behavior. All that is needed is the ability to do so and a very intimate knowledge of anatomy, neurology, and electromagnetism.
Were I an unscrupulous sort, I would now suggest that there are people who can do this… but I don’t have to. You are already thinking it.
In fact, I can point a finger right away, though not at a person: the entity we commonly refer to as “God”. You may call it whatever you wish… Allah, Yahweh, God… in essence it is all the same, an overwhelming, omnipotent, physically imperceptible force that exists in all things, affects all things, and is ultimately in control of all things. No doubt many throughout the centuries have wondered how God does His work. The answer I propose to you is Chaos.
If, in the course of your daily life, you ever find yourself wondering how something so weird, so impossible, so downright mystical could occur… ask yourself if there is a God… and know how it is that He works. It is in the minute particles in the universe that all things are shaped. How better to be all powerful and yet remain imperceptible than through the use of Chaos? On a grander scale, one could even say that the very fundamentals of Judeo-Christianity, notions such as predestination and the power of the Holy Spirit, rely on this principle.
So you say you are not Christian? Fine. Every bit of magic also relies on this idea. The magician who sits cross legged on a mat wishing for fire will never get it. However, if you are able to find the particles, affect them, and make each move a little faster, rub each other a bit harder, generate more and more heat… poof, you have fire. Similarly, the witch can conjure a curse, the mystic foresees the future, and the Buddhist becomes more serene.
In conclusion, we see that in the very basic scheme there are broad effects that can be had by even the most mundane of intellects. With sufficient understanding of how things work, the minute alterations to which I refer can grow into world changing events or ideas.
None of this is farfetched. These are ideas you already know, though you may never have put them together. Hopefully I have given you some toys for your own playground. As with all things, play carefully, thoughtfully, and with nothing but Love for all that is around you… because if knowledge is power then understanding is serenity.
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-- William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
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The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
--Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 - 1890)
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Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
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