Thursday, 2006-02-02 | Classic Gin
Disorder is primarily a result of desire.
It is not difficult to imagine a world in which change does not occur as the result of activity but rather as a result of inactivity. In this world, the would be no animation--no life. There would only be natural processes (e.g. erosion) and any change that occurred would be according to a certain order: the order dictated by physics. I have a good friend who is fond of reminding me that "physics is math with a story." There could be no disorder because anything that "happened" would happen according to simple math and would therefore be perfectly ordered.
The introduction of life--of animation--into the physical world introduces the possibility (indeed, the certainty) of disorder. All animal life contributes to a certain amount of disorder. Some forms of plant life may even introduce uncertainty and disorder into what would otherwise be perfectly orderly natural processes.
All forms of life, regardless of whether they possess will or intellect, desire. Desire is the thing that causes life to behave in a manner that is unpredictable and that therefore introduces disorder into the world.
Desire can, of course, be curbed and disorder can, to some very limited extent, be undone or prevented from entering into the world in the first place. No matter how great our desire to preserve order, this desire is in spite of itself due to the fact that all desire, insofar as it causes living agents to act in a manner that cannot be quantified, introduces chaos into the world.
The desire for order is also the desire for chaos.