We live in Chaos
In less than thirty years, the United States, winner of the cold war, fell from its position as uncontested world leader, is being challenged by China as the greatest economy, and has become a politically divided country, difficult to govern. An enormous change in very little time, for reasons that escape clear explanation. Chaos is defined as a state where small random changes can cause large, unexplained effects. We can say we are in a state of chaos.
It does not seem probable that a change of leadership in government will be able to set things right. The swamp in Washington is fed by chaos and cannot be drained unless chaos itself is dispelled, and that is not a simple task. Chaos is systemic and requires a change in our way of thinking, which means a reeducation of this and future generations. Patient endurance is required.
Steering towards Cosmos
The opposite of chaos is cosmos. The word does not mean only the universe of stars and galaxies. Its first meaning is a well-ordered and harmonious whole, on earth as well as in deep space. Cosmos means things evolve in orderly fashion, progressively, with clear goals, as part of an organic growth directed by clearly understood laws. We have to steer toward cosmos to overcome chaos.
The Voice of Cosmos
We have to train our ears to perceive the ongoing conversation between us and all creation. One of the strongest voices is that of the starry night. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork…There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19: 1, 3-4.
Today, starry nights are seen only from desert places, and astronomy is done mostly from space observatories. The voice of cosmos is drowned out by city noises and seldom heard anymore.
One good way to train our ears and minds is to read auspicious novels. Wildfire in the Desert and Passage to Sunrise are what I call auspicious novels. They are described on this website. In them dangerous events can be seen as auspicious warning signs to avoid disaster if we know how to interpret the signs and their meaning.
Padre Kino in Wildfire in the Desert and Saint Augustine in Passage to Sunrise are interpreters of auspicious signs to help the characters overcome chaos. Sometimes fragments of truth are spoken by unexpected people, like the Tuareg in Passage to Sunrise. If we become good listeners, a voice can be heard speaking inside us: “Be still and know I am God.”(Psalm 46:10)
There is a conversation between creation and Creator. There is no chasm between the created world and eternity. In cosmos there is continuity and harmony.
There must be also a conversation among people opposed to chaos. That is the purpose of the newsletter: a practice to hear that harmony. It is an important aid to hear the voice of cosmos and defeat chaos. Your contributions to that conversation are an essential part of it. Make your comments known by responding to the newsletter email. Subscribe to it (use the link above), read it, and tell others about it.