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'Anti-entropic' and 'Smashing eggs'

Cosmic egg on Dr John Dunn. Anti-entropic

The Orphica suggest that the goddess Ananke came first, fully formed with her consort Chronos, and together they brought about the universe from an egg, and it was from this egg that Eros hatched.

The necessity (Ananke) that was in equilibrium with time (Chronos), which existed before Eros, is not to be confused with order, it was Chaos.

Any closed system, which is what the entropic necessity of Chaos represented, is subject to inevitable decay, or entropy.*

This was the Chaos from which Eros, emerged.

Eros, Love, the disrupter of everything, represented LIFE.

For life is the opposite of entropy.

Life is sustained by breaking out of the equilibrium of a closed system and drawing upon life-serving sustenance from outside that system, be this animal, mineral or vegetable.

Plato adapted the Orphic myth in The Timaeus. In his version Ananke was paired with Nous, or intellect, the conscious and thinking mind that is uniquely the possession of mankind.

“The subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe” wrote Plato.

In this creation myth “the initial formation of the universe” meant the emergence of life, at the pinnacle of which is mankind.

Why? Because it is with the intellect that mankind opposes Ananke, upends the equilibrium of necessity and defies entropy.

As the highest expression of the anti-entropic development of the universe, man is capable of continuing the creative development of the universe insofar as he the living image of the first Creator.

*Second Law of Thermodynamics - having a tendency to change from a state of order to a state of disorder.


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Cosmic egg on Dr John Dunn. Smashing eggs

The free life, without struggle, unfragmented and detatched from the necessity of action, appears in the guise of frivolity.

Frivolity thus stands against the Spinozist, Marxist, Stalinist and scientistic axioms that freedom is the recognition of necessity.

The whole man is revealed on the level of a frivolous life. We must laugh at him.

How do we reconcile individual sovereignty through frivolity?

The answer comes via Dante’s Purgatory XVI, in which he explained how the world came into being in an act of spontaneity. There was no pre-determined reason for its creation, which was an act of total freedom. The spontaneity of this act was likened by Dante to a child at play who turns eagerly to what delights it. Such unrestrained freedom became the foundation for positing our own human freedom. It is because we were born out of this spontaneous action that we can go on believing that there is such a freedom for us.

Or again, in Dante’s Paradise I, Beatrice says of nature that all things have their bent, their given instincts. Just as a flame always rises when lit, a stone always falls when dropped. This is the natural order.

The question should already be rising in the reader’s mind - are we like that? Think of that child, who turns spontaneously without necessity ‘to what delights it.’ The answer to the question is, most emphatically, no. Beatrice explains by expanding upon the theme of creativity with a metaphor from art. ‘Just as form is sometimes inadequate to the artist’s intention, because the material fails to answer, so the creature, that has power, so impelled, to swerve towards some other place, sometimes deserts the track.’ In other words, within the description of the order of the cosmos, Beatrice emphasises that human beings are the odd ones out, with the power to deviate from the cosmic order.

Man can break the rules.

Just as Eros, the primordial god of Creation and Life and Orphic symbol of the divine likeness of man, broke out of the Cosmic Egg to disrupt the goddess Ananke’s equilibrium of Chaos, man too can break the rules.

Man can break out of the straitjacket of closed systems be they religious, economic, Dawinist, Spinozist, kabbalistic, Marxist etc.

To accept a system as closed, to accept freedom as necessity, is to withdraw into nature, to return to Mother Nature, to Ananke and an amorphous state of pre-Eros, pre-Love and pre-Being. Closed systems are the path to entropic death.

The systems we compose for ourselves can neither be closed at their beginning nor at their end.


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