I Love Chaos

The topic of chaos is a favorite in my field of economics.  The chaos of the market is supposed to bring to the top the best combination of products and prices.

But, chaos is really everyone’s favorite topic.  Getting rid of chaos, that is.  Politicans, businesses and religion all market themselves as the ones who can rid your life of chaos and the uncertainty that goes with it.  Even the ever present concept of “strategic planning” seems to have as its goal the elimination of chaos.

In reality, as I see it, very little progress, or, even no progress has been made in eliminating chaos.  The authors of the Bible tried to explain where we came from and where we are going after we die.  Of couse, they knew nothing about either topic but have been extremely successful at marketing the Bible and its ideas for ending chaos. 

That is not to say my own field of economics has been successful either.  Before the 1930’s, no economist or politican said we could eliminate economic chaos.  The notion that economic chaos could be elimatate started during the depression and goes on today.  Yet, we cannot predict the end of the current problem.

Freethinkers have trouble selling their views that no one knows just where the universe came from and that know one has shown that there is life after death.  Religions have a more appealing product to sell. 

If I were  to offer advice, it would be this.  Invest in chaos.  Good things come from it.

Comments can be sent to jon.lindgren@redriverfreethinkers.org

A Career of Swimming Upstream

Before his retirement in 2000, author John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark.

His career and popularity skyrocketed when he was asked by a Rabbi how Christians are able to put three people into one.  According to what he wrote in Why Christianity Must change  or Die, his reply was, “The Bible never says in a simplistic way that Jesus in God. Jesus prays to God in the Gospels. He is not talking to himself. Jesus dies on the cross.  It makes no sense to say that the holy God died.  The Bible only says what God is, Jesus is; that God is met in  Jesus; that to see Jesus is in some sense to see God.”

He thought he had been careful and accurate in his answer.  But, his answer was interpreted that Jesus and God were not one and the same.  The answer was so controversial it put Spong on TV and front pages of papers across the country.  His career soared.